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Edition 3.

0 – July 2017

Created by
Jeff Dee & Jack Herman

Published by Monkey House Games


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DEDICATION To Brian Adams, for running possibly the longest RPG
To our family and friends: For their love, support and playtest in history, thus generating invaluable feedback on
encouragement. this edition’s rules, and for additional editing.

To all the storytellers throughout history who had a hand in To all the designers, authors and artists who have
forging the “superhero”, from the ancient heroic contributed to the adventures and support material on all
mythmakers to Siegel & Shuster: For your elemental fire. the editions of our game: For your talent, skill, enthusiasm,
imagination and creative energy.
To all the classic authors of fantasy, horror and science
fiction, the writers of the Pulp Era, the artists of the early To all our online supporters: For keeping the lanterns burning
adventure comic strips, the comic book creators of the far longer than we dared dream possible.
Golden, Silver, Bronze and Modern Age of Comics, and to
To all the various far-flung members of our legal team: For
the makers of all the fantasy, horror, science fiction and
being our own personal Mighty Protectors®.
superhero radio shows, serials, books, cartoons, television
shows and movies which followed: For giving us a lifetime’s To all those who contributed to our Legal Defense Fund and
worth of thrills and inspiration. Kickstarter campaign: For you are the ones who have truly
willed this project into existence, and we are humbly
To all the ground zero first generation role-playing game
grateful to have been the avatars of your will.
designers, authors and artists: For creating such a
magnificent hobby, and for giving us the opportunity to And finally, to all the GMs and players who will now enter
contribute to it. the Mighty Protectors® Multiverse: For the things we create
can only be made complete by those who enjoy them.
To all the players of our original Protectors campaign: For
without you to save the day our world would be a sad and Thank you,
useless place, indeed. -Jeff Dee and Jack Herman

To the players of our current playtest campaigns: For EDITORIAL INTRODUCTION


fighting bravely onward, even as the rules changed
The differences between Original V&V™ (1979) and Revised
beneath your feet. That takes a special kind of dedication; V&V™ (1982) were substantial, and Mighty Protectors®
represents another giant leap. We’ve learned a lot over the 35
Street Justice years since Revised, and we’ve worked hard to bring that
Black Gold (Brian Adams), Combine (Denis Loubet), experience to Mighty Protectors® while preserving the spirit of
the previous editions. Feedback on our forums and from
Ms. Manitou (Gavin Smith), JagWire (Matt Sheffield),
players in our convention events assures us that If you liked the
and Java (Talzhemir) previous editions, you’ll probably love this one!

S.A.V.E. But enough from me. It’s time to suit up, head out on patrol,
Enigma (Bruce Adams), Brimstone (Zachary Adams), and make the world a better place again. The Mighty
Brain Wave (Rory McClure), Winged Victory Protectors® have arrived!
(Talzhemir), and Dynamo -Jeff Dee
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Fantasy..............................................................................9
Table of Contents Primitive............................................................................9
Mixed ................................................................................9
1.0 MIGHTY PROTECTORS® ...................................... 1 Modern .............................................................................9
High Tech .......................................................................... 9
1.1 What Is a Superhero?..................................................... 1 2.1.5 Age ..............................................................................9
2.1.6 Gender .........................................................................9
1.2 Other Equipment ........................................................... 2 2.1.7 Basic Characteristics ....................................................9
1.2.1 Using the Dice .............................................................2 2.1.7.1 Determining BC Scores .......................................10
2.1.7.2 Basic Characteristic Table ...................................11
1.3 Online Support............................................................... 2 Carrying Capacity ............................................................11
Base HTH Damage ..........................................................11
2.0 CHARACTERS ...................................................... 2 Save Numbers .................................................................12
Initiative ..........................................................................12
2.1 Character Generation .................................................... 2 Hit Points ........................................................................ 12
Point Construction ............................................................ 2 Healing Rate....................................................................12
Playing Yourself ................................................................3 2.1.8 Secondary Characteristics .........................................12
2.1.1 Power Level .................................................................3 Power ..............................................................................12
2.1.2 Character Record Sheet ..............................................3 Defenses .........................................................................12
2.1.2.1 Player ....................................................................3 Move ...............................................................................12
2.1.2.2 Side .......................................................................3 Inventing Points ..............................................................12
2.1.2.3 Birthplace..............................................................3 2.1.9 Weight & Mass ..........................................................12
Known Regions of the Earth .............................................3 2.1.10 Background .............................................................12
Lost Regions of the Earth ..................................................4 2.1.11 Motivation ...............................................................13
Time Periods of the Earth .................................................4 2.1.12 Wealth .....................................................................14
Other Worlds ....................................................................5 2.1.13 Luck ......................................................................... 14
Other Dimensions .............................................................6 2.1.14 Origin Type ..............................................................14
2.1.3 Species......................................................................... 6 Mutated or Evolved ........................................................14
Alien .................................................................................. 6 Science Accident .............................................................14
Atlantean ..........................................................................7 Mystical Accident............................................................14
Cro-Magnon ...................................................................... 7 Science Project ...............................................................15
Dakodaran ........................................................................7 Mystical Project ..............................................................15
Darkling .............................................................................7 Physical Training .............................................................15
Farashi ..............................................................................7 Mystical Training.............................................................15
Geosian .............................................................................7 2.1.15 Abilities & Weaknesses ...........................................15
Human ..............................................................................7 2.1.16 Final Touches ........................................................... 16
Lemurian ...........................................................................7 2.1.16.1 Character Concept ............................................16
Mystical Construct ............................................................7 2.1.16.2 Ability CPs .........................................................16
Mixed ................................................................................7 2.1.16.3 Weaknesses ......................................................16
Monster ............................................................................ 7 2.1.16.4 Ability CP Costs .................................................17
Neanderthal ...................................................................... 8 2.1.16.5 BC and Ability Caps ...........................................17
Peratonian ........................................................................8 2.1.16.6 Stacking Abilities ...............................................18
Psynax ...............................................................................8 2.1.16.7 Advanced Customization ..................................18
Saurid ................................................................................8 2.1.17 Backstory .................................................................19
Silicoid ...............................................................................8 2.1.18 Name .......................................................................19
Tech Construct ..................................................................8 2.1.19 Costume ..................................................................19
Troglodyte ........................................................................8 2.1.20 True I.D. ...................................................................19
Vandari .............................................................................8 2.1.21 Legal Status .............................................................19
2.1.4 Culture .........................................................................8 2.1.21.1 The Superhero License .....................................20
2.1.21.2 Security Clearance ............................................ 20
2.1.21.3 Wanted Status .................................................. 20 GRAPNEL ............................................................................ 39
2.1.21.4 Criminal Record ................................................ 20 GRAVITY CONTROL ............................................................. 40
2.1.21.5 Other Legal Status Issues .................................. 20 A) Gravity Decrease ........................................................ 40
B) Gravity Increase ......................................................... 41
2.2 Abilities ........................................................................ 20 C) Personal Gravity Well ................................................. 41
2.2.1 Power Requirement .................................................. 21 HEALING ............................................................................. 41
2.2.2 Activating Abilities..................................................... 21 HEIGHTENED AGILITY ......................................................... 42
2.2.3 Ability Descriptions ................................................... 22 HEIGHTENED ATTACK ......................................................... 42
ABSORPTION ...................................................................... 22 HEIGHTENED COOL ............................................................ 42
ADAPTATION ...................................................................... 23 HEIGHTENED DEFENSE ....................................................... 43
ANIMAL/PLANT ABILITIES .................................................. 23 HEIGHTENED ENDURANCE ................................................. 43
ARMOR ............................................................................... 25 HEIGHTENED EXPERTISE .................................................... 43
ARSENAL ............................................................................. 26 HEIGHTENED INITIATIVE .................................................... 43
ASTRAL PROJECTION .......................................................... 27 HEIGHTENED INTELLIGENCE .............................................. 43
BASE ................................................................................... 27 HEIGHTENED SENSES ......................................................... 43
CHEMICAL ABILITIES ........................................................... 27 Random Heightened Sense ............................................ 43
A) Chemical Blast ............................................................ 27 Random Sensory Level ................................................... 43
B) Chemical Body ............................................................ 28 Random Sensory Modifiers ............................................ 43
COMMUNICATORS ............................................................. 28 Sensory Level .................................................................. 44
COMPANION ...................................................................... 30 What Does It Detect? ..................................................... 45
COSMIC AWARENESS ......................................................... 30 Default Senses ................................................................ 46
CYBERNETICS ...................................................................... 31 HEIGHTENED STRENGTH .................................................... 48
DARKNESS CONTROL .......................................................... 32 ICE ABILITIES ....................................................................... 48
DEATH TOUCH .................................................................... 32 A) Ice Armor.................................................................... 48
DENSITY CHANGE ............................................................... 32 B) Ice Blast ...................................................................... 48
A) Density Increase ......................................................... 32 C) Ice Shaping ................................................................. 49
B) Density Decrease ........................................................ 33 ILLUSIONS ........................................................................... 49
C) Desolidification ........................................................... 33 INVENTING ......................................................................... 50
DEVITALIZATION RAY ......................................................... 33 INVISIBILITY ........................................................................ 50
DIMENSIONAL TRAVEL ....................................................... 33 INVULNERABILITY ............................................................... 51
A) Single Dimension Travel ............................................. 33 KNOWLEDGE ...................................................................... 51
B) Multiple Dimension Travel ......................................... 34 A) Careers & Tasks .......................................................... 51
C) Time Travel ................................................................. 34 B) Cultural Background ................................................... 51
D) Alternate Dimension Travel ....................................... 34 C) Languages ................................................................... 52
DISINTEGRATION ................................................................ 35 D) Literacy ....................................................................... 52
A) Disintegration Ray ...................................................... 35 LIFE SUPPORT ..................................................................... 52
B) Disintegration Field .................................................... 35 LIGHT CONTROL ................................................................. 52
DUPLICATION ..................................................................... 36 A) Laser ........................................................................... 52
DURABILITY ........................................................................ 36 B) Flash ........................................................................... 53
EMOTION CONTROL ........................................................... 36 C) Glare ........................................................................... 53
ENERGY .............................................................................. 37 D) Glow ........................................................................... 53
EXPERIENCE LEVELS............................................................ 37 LIGHTNING CONTROL......................................................... 54
FLAME ABILITIES................................................................. 37 A) Electrical Bolt ............................................................. 54
A) Flame Blast ................................................................. 37 B) Electrical Field ............................................................ 54
B) Flame Aura ................................................................. 37 C) Gear Control ............................................................... 54
C) Fiery Flight .................................................................. 37 LUCK ................................................................................... 55
FLIGHT ................................................................................ 37 MAGNETISM....................................................................... 55
FORCE FIELD ....................................................................... 38 A) Magnetic Manipulation .............................................. 55
A) Personal Force Field ................................................... 38 B) Magnetic Field ............................................................ 56
B) Force Bolt ................................................................... 39 MENTAL ABILITY ................................................................. 56
A) Mental Blast ...............................................................56 SUPER SPEED ......................................................................73
B) Photographic Memory ...............................................56 TELEKINESIS ........................................................................73
C) Translation ..................................................................56 A) Kinetic Manipulation ..................................................73
MIND CONTROL..................................................................57 B) Kinetic Field ................................................................74
NATURAL WEAPONRY ........................................................57 TELEPATHY .........................................................................74
NEGATION ..........................................................................58 TELEPORTATION .................................................................75
NON-CORPOREALNESS .......................................................58 TRANSFORMATION ............................................................76
PARALYSIS RAY ...................................................................59 TRANSMUTATION ..............................................................76
PHYSICAL ABILITY ...............................................................59 VEHICLE ..............................................................................77
A) Ambidexterity .............................................................59 Vehicle Appearance ........................................................79
B) Extra Limbs .................................................................59 Vehicle Armor .................................................................79
C) Inertia .........................................................................59 Vehicle BCs .....................................................................79
D) Prehensile Feet...........................................................59 Vehicle Handling ............................................................. 79
E) Protected Brain ...........................................................60 Vehicle Turning Rate .......................................................79
F) Super Leap ..................................................................60 Vehicle Systems ..............................................................79
G) Super Lungs ................................................................60 Vehicle Passenger Limit ..................................................81
H) Super Stomach ...........................................................60 Vehicle Power Systems ...................................................81
I) Wall-Crawling ..............................................................60 Vehicle System Arcs ........................................................81
POISON/VENOM.................................................................60 Repairing Vehicles ..........................................................81
A) Damaging Poison ........................................................60 Vehicle Modifiers ............................................................ 81
B) Paralytic Poison ..........................................................61 Vehicle System Modifiers ...............................................82
POWER BLAST ....................................................................61 Attacking Vehicles and Vehicle Systems .........................82
REFLECTION ........................................................................61 VIBRATION ABILITIES ..........................................................82
REGENERATION ..................................................................62 A) Vibratory Blast ............................................................ 82
REPULSION BLAST ..............................................................63 B) Vibratory Defense ......................................................82
REVIVICATION ....................................................................63 WEAKNESS DETECTION ......................................................83
SHAPE-SHIFTING .................................................................64 WEALTH ..............................................................................83
SHAPING .............................................................................64 WEATHER CONTROL ...........................................................83
SHIELD ................................................................................65 A) Change Weather ........................................................83
SIPHON ...............................................................................66 B) Command Weather ....................................................84
SIZE CHANGE ......................................................................67 WILLPOWER .......................................................................84
A) Size Change: Larger ....................................................67 A) Fortitude.....................................................................84
B) Size Change: Smaller ..................................................67 B) Pain Resistance ...........................................................84
SONIC ABILITIES ..................................................................68 C) Self-Control.................................................................84
A) Sonic Blast ..................................................................68 D) Total Pain Resistance ................................................. 84
B) Sound Creation ...........................................................68 2.2.4 Ability Modifiers ........................................................ 84
C) Sonic Boom .................................................................68 Ability Field .....................................................................84
SPECIAL WEAPON ...............................................................69 Ability Loss ......................................................................85
A) Special Melee Weapon............................................... 69 Accidental Activation ......................................................85
B) Special Missile Weapon .............................................. 69 Activation Required ........................................................85
C) Standard Weapon.......................................................70 Area Effect ...................................................................... 86
SPEED ................................................................................. 70 Armor Piercing ................................................................86
STRETCHING ABILITIES .......................................................71 Autofire ...........................................................................87
A) Elongation ..................................................................71 Backlash ..........................................................................87
B) Flattening ...................................................................71 Body Part ........................................................................87
C) Inflation ...................................................................... 71 Bonus Effects ..................................................................87
D) Oozing ........................................................................71 Breakdown ......................................................................87
E) Plasticity......................................................................71 Can’t Hold Back...............................................................87
F) Shape Changing ..........................................................72 Carrier Attack ..................................................................87
SUMMONING .....................................................................72 Charges ...........................................................................88
Concentration ................................................................. 88 Psychosis......................................................................... 98
Conductive ...................................................................... 89 Reduced Agility ............................................................... 99
Contact Attack ................................................................ 89 Reduced Cool .................................................................. 99
Different Range BC ......................................................... 89 Reduced Endurance ........................................................ 99
Different Damage Type .................................................. 89 Reduced Strength ......................................................... 100
Duration.......................................................................... 89 Special Requirement..................................................... 100
Focused........................................................................... 90 Susceptibility ................................................................ 100
Gear ................................................................................ 90 Uneducated .................................................................. 100
Hardened ........................................................................ 91 Unliving ......................................................................... 100
Immunity ........................................................................ 91 Vulnerability ................................................................. 101
Indirect ........................................................................... 91
Knockback ....................................................................... 92
3.0 SAVING & TASK ROLLS.................................... 101
Knockback Only .............................................................. 92
3.0.1 Critical Successes & Fumbles .................................. 101
Linked ............................................................................. 92
3.0.2 Save Modifiers......................................................... 101
Miscellaneous ................................................................. 92
3.0.2.1 Background ....................................................... 102
Multi-Ability .................................................................... 92
3.0.2.2 Difficulty ........................................................... 102
Multitudes ...................................................................... 92
3.0.2.3 Off-Handed Tasks ............................................. 102
No Knockback ................................................................. 92
3.0.2.4 Opposition ........................................................ 102
Non-Corporeal Effect ...................................................... 92
3.0.2.5 Range ................................................................ 102
Not On Self ..................................................................... 92
3.0.2.6 Restraint ........................................................... 102
Obvious ........................................................................... 92
3.0.2.7 Time .................................................................. 102
Overload ......................................................................... 93
3.1.1 Influence Tasks ........................................................ 103
Partial Coverage ............................................................. 93
3.1.2 Identifying Magic & Tech ........................................ 103
Poor Penetration ............................................................ 93
3.1.3 Inventing Tasks ........................................................ 103
Power Requirement ....................................................... 93
3.1.3.1 Inventing Facilities ............................................ 104
Range .............................................................................. 94
3.1.4 Luck Checks ............................................................. 104
Reduced at Range ........................................................... 94
3.1.5 Perception Tasks ..................................................... 104
Requires a Save............................................................... 94
3.1.5.1 Stealth............................................................... 104
Reversible ....................................................................... 94
3.1.5.2 Hiding and Searching ........................................ 104
Save vs. Different BC ...................................................... 94
3.1.6 Tracking Tasks ......................................................... 104
Stays Active..................................................................... 94
Time Requirement .......................................................... 94
Uncontrollable ................................................................ 95 4.0 COMBAT SYSTEM ........................................... 105
Unobvious....................................................................... 95
Usable by Others ............................................................ 95 4.1 Combat Scale ............................................................. 105
Usable on Others ............................................................ 95 4.1.1 Vehicle Combat Scale .............................................. 105
Weakness ....................................................................... 95
Won’t Negate Knockback ............................................... 95 4.2 Initiative ..................................................................... 105
4.2.1 Saving Turns ............................................................ 105
2.3 WEAKNESSES ................................................................ 95 4.2.2 Vehicle Initiative ...................................................... 105
Diminished Senses .......................................................... 95 4.2.3 Between-Rounds ..................................................... 105
Distinctive ....................................................................... 96
Low Self-Control ............................................................. 96 4.3 Turns .......................................................................... 105
Lowered Intelligence ...................................................... 96 4.3.1 Vehicle Turns ........................................................... 106
Nemesis .......................................................................... 97
4.4 Movement ................................................................. 106
Personal Problem ........................................................... 97
4.4.1 Climbing .................................................................. 106
Phobia ............................................................................. 98
4.4.2 Encumbrance, Gravity and Movement ................... 106
Physical Disability ........................................................... 98
4.4.3 Leaping .................................................................... 106
Poverty ........................................................................... 98
4.4.4 Passive Damage....................................................... 106
Prejudice ......................................................................... 98
4.4.5 Prone .......................................................................106 4.12 Morale ..................................................................... 114
4.4.6 Swimming ................................................................106
4.4.7 Vehicle Movement ..................................................107 4.13 Healing .................................................................... 114
4.4.8 Zones of Control ......................................................107 4.13.1 Medical Attention .................................................114
4.13.2 Fatigue ...................................................................114
4.5 Actions ....................................................................... 107 4.13.3 Resting ...................................................................114
4.5.1 Multiple Actions ......................................................107
4.5.2 Extended Actions.....................................................107 4.14 Combat Maneuvers ................................................. 114
4.14.1 Aiming ...................................................................114
4.6 Acquiring Targets ....................................................... 107 4.14.2 Called Shots ...........................................................114
4.6.1 Sensory Interference ...............................................108 4.14.2.1 Head Shot .......................................................114
4.14.2.2 Leg Shot ..........................................................115
4.7 Rolling to Hit .............................................................. 108 4.14.2.3 Arm Shot .........................................................115
4.7.1 Defenses ..................................................................108 4.14.2.4 Avoid Armor....................................................115
4.7.2 Surprised & Immobile Targets .................................108 4.14.2.5 Disable Gear ....................................................115
4.7.3 Range Difficulty .......................................................108 4.14.2.6 Disarm Gear ....................................................115
4.7.3.1 Profile ...............................................................108 4.14.2.7 Taking Gear .....................................................116
4.7.3.2 Vehicle Range Difficulty ....................................108 4.14.2.8 Vehicle System Shot .......................................116
4.7.4 Cover .......................................................................109 4.14.2.9 Avoid Snare .....................................................116
4.7.5 Area Attacks ............................................................109 4.14.3 Combat Stances .....................................................116
4.7.5.1 Scatter...............................................................109 4.14.3.1 Defensive Fighting Stance...............................116
4.7.5.2 Escaping an Area Effect ....................................109 4.14.3.2 Full Defense Stance ........................................116
4.7.5.3 Armor & Shields vs. Area Effects ......................109 4.14.4 Coordinated Attacks ..............................................116
4.7.6 Combat Criticals & Fumbles ....................................109 4.14.5 Counterblasts ........................................................117
4.14.6 Holding Back ..........................................................117
4.8 Standard Attacks........................................................ 110 4.14.7 Improvised Weapons ............................................117
4.8.1 Damage Types .........................................................110 4.14.8 Intercepting Attacks ..............................................117
4.8.2 Protection ................................................................110 4.14.9 Ramming ...............................................................117
4.8.3 Rolling with Damage ...............................................110 4.14.10 Shield Bash ..........................................................117
4.8.3.1 Rolling vs. Save Attacks.....................................111 4.14.11 Two Weapon Combat..........................................117
4.8.4 Injury, Incapacitation & Death ................................111
4.8.4.1 Wakeup Rolls ....................................................111
4.8.4.2 Bleeding & Mortality ........................................111 5.0 PHYSICS .......................................................... 118
4.8.5 Knockback ...............................................................111
5.1 Structural Rating ........................................................ 118
4.8.5.1 Vehicle Knockback ............................................112
4.8.5.2 Gravity & Knockback .........................................112
5.2 Environmental Effects ................................................ 119
4.8.5.3 Aimed Knockback .............................................112
4.8.5.4 Damage from Knockback ..................................112 5.3 Falling ........................................................................ 119
4.8.5.5 Knockdown .......................................................112 5.3.1 Catching Falling Characters .....................................119

4.9 Save Attacks .............................................................. 112 5.4 Fire ............................................................................ 119


5.4.1 Catching Fire ............................................................119
4.10 Snare Attacks ........................................................... 113
5.4.2 Flaming Barriers ......................................................119
4.11 Grapple Attacks ....................................................... 113
5.5 Pushing ...................................................................... 119
4.11.1 Grapple Lock..........................................................113
4.11.2 Escape ...................................................................113 5.6 Velocity Damage ........................................................ 119
4.11.3 Break Free .............................................................113
4.11.4 Counter-Grapple ...................................................113 5.7 Example of Play ......................................................... 120
4.11.5 Throws ...................................................................114 5.7.1 Non-Combat Play ....................................................122
4.11.6 Remote Grappling .................................................114
6.0 BEING A SUPERHERO ......................................122 The Fiasco Family.......................................................... 132
The Four Horsemen of the Apocalypse ........................ 132
6.1 Acting the Part ........................................................... 122 The Frankenstein Galaxy .............................................. 132
6.1.1 The Superhero Code................................................ 122 The Freedom Brigade ................................................... 132
The Freedom Eagle ....................................................... 132
6.2 Superhero Licensing ................................................... 123 Geos .............................................................................. 132
6.2.1 Historical Context .................................................... 123 The Gray Mage ............................................................. 133
6.2.2 The Superhero License ............................................ 123 Haven............................................................................ 133
6.2.3 Superhero License Application ................................ 124 The Heralds of Fate....................................................... 133
6.2.4 Licensed Superheroes ............................................. 124 HOUR 13 ....................................................................... 134
6.2.5 Local Variations ....................................................... 125 The Indestructibles ....................................................... 134
6.2.6 Unlicensed Crime Fighting ...................................... 125 Infernia ......................................................................... 134
The Infinite Circle.......................................................... 134
6.3 Superhero Teams ....................................................... 126 Intercrime ..................................................................... 134
The Intercontinental Ballistic Man ............................... 134
7.0 THE MIGHTY PROTECTORS® MULTIVERSE.......126 The Interdimensional Library ....................................... 134
The Justice-Defenders .................................................. 134
7.1 Guide to the Multiverse ............................................. 127 Lemuria ......................................................................... 135
Abomination Realm ...................................................... 127 The Lifelight Freehold ................................................... 135
Airstrike ........................................................................ 127 Malaia ........................................................................... 135
The Argento Crime Family ............................................ 127 The Manhattan Progeny ............................................... 135
Atlantis ......................................................................... 127 Masque of the Unforgiven ........................................... 135
Axiom ............................................................................ 127 MEDUSA ....................................................................... 136
BEASTs .......................................................................... 128 Megagrad ..................................................................... 136
The Black Mage ............................................................ 128 The Mystery Beast ........................................................ 136
CHESS ............................................................................ 128 The Nicotines ................................................................ 136
Dr. Carl Silverhead ........................................................ 128 The Night Masters ........................................................ 136
Chronangeles ................................................................ 128 Omnopolis .................................................................... 136
The Code Authority ...................................................... 128 OPERANDI ..................................................................... 137
Cognos .......................................................................... 128 The O.Z.A. ..................................................................... 137
Cosmos ......................................................................... 129 Perator .......................................................................... 137
Chronos ........................................................................ 129 The Protectors .............................................................. 137
The Council of Elders .................................................... 129 Psimon .......................................................................... 138
The Core War ................................................................ 129 The Psynax Empire ....................................................... 138
The Crescent Family ..................................................... 129 Quadrant Sigma ............................................................ 138
CrimeTech..................................................................... 129 The Saturn Five ............................................................. 138
The Crusaders ............................................................... 130 The Secret Land ............................................................ 138
The Crushers ................................................................. 130 The Sorcerer-Kings........................................................ 138
Dakodar ........................................................................ 130 The Spherical Confederation (aka the Sphere)............. 138
Darkworld ..................................................................... 130 Star Corps ..................................................................... 139
The Devil Dogs .............................................................. 131 Subternia ...................................................................... 139
Earth Prime ................................................................... 131 Sui Generis Attache ...................................................... 139
Element 500 ................................................................. 131 The Super Society ......................................................... 139
The Endgame Initiative ................................................. 131 The Technocracy ........................................................... 139
The Enigmata ................................................................ 131 Trident .......................................................................... 140
Factorum ...................................................................... 131 The Unhuman League................................................... 140
Farash ........................................................................... 131 Unit One ....................................................................... 140
Federal Bureau of Investigation, Paranormal Behavioral Unsynced Time ............................................................. 140
Science Unit .................................................................. 131 Valhalla ......................................................................... 140
Vandar .......................................................................... 140
Vigil: The U.S. Department of Superhero Affairs ..........140
The Void ........................................................................140
The White Mage ...........................................................141
Zodiak ...........................................................................141

8.0 GAMEMASTER SECTION ................................. 142

8.1 Creating Your Own Setting ......................................... 142


8.1.1 Organizations ..........................................................142
8.1.2 Generating NPCs .....................................................142

8.2 Designing Adventures ................................................ 142


8.2.1 Random Adventure Seeds .......................................143

8.3 Game Balance ............................................................ 144

8.4 Experience ................................................................. 145


Training .........................................................................146
Ability Enhancements ...................................................146
New Abilities .................................................................146
Gear ..............................................................................146
Wealth ..........................................................................146
8.4.2 MONETARY SYSTEM ................................................147
8.4.2.1 WEALTH ROLLS .................................................147
Incidental Expenses Price Lists .....................................147

8.5 Replacing Slain Characters ......................................... 148

8.6 Converting V&V™ 2.1 Characters ............................... 148


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Most superheroes have powers, but some do not. For example, a
1.0 Mighty Protectors® certain caped nocturnal detective gets by on skills and fancy
Mighty Protectors® is a role-playing game simulating the lives and gadgets alone. Likewise, not every character with weird abilities
adventures of comic-book style superheroes. becomes a superhero.

A role-playing game is a form of interactive storytelling, in which Most superheroes fight crime, but it's not strictly necessary. A
the players take on the roles of specific well-defined individuals character who wore tights and used weird abilities to save people
(player-characters, or PCs) and maneuver them through a from natural disasters would still be called a superhero, even if
continuing series of adventures which make up a story. It's similar they never lifted a finger against any crooks. And not all crime-
to "let's pretend" or "cops and robbers," but with rules and a fighters are superheroes, either!
referee, known as the Gamemaster or GM, and as many other
players as the GM feels comfortable with. So, for the purposes of this game, a superhero is defined as:

The adventures which characters go through are set up by a any larger than life character who regularly performs heroic
separate, non-playing judge or "game master" (abbreviated GM). deeds and is visually distinctive
It’s the Gamemaster’s job to create the world wherein the players
A character can be larger than life by having weird or
have their adventures. The GM presents situations to the other
extraordinary abilities, or merely by being involved in grand
players, describing where the player-characters (PCs) are and
adventures of heroic proportions. Characters such as action
what they can see (and even hear, feel, smell, and taste).
heroes and monsters are larger than life without being
The GM also plays the roles of any other non-player characters superheroes. But if a character isn’t larger than life, then they
(NPCs) friendly or otherwise that the PCs interact with. The aren’t a superhero.
Gamemaster prepares the story beforehand (either by writing it
Superheroes regularly perform heroic acts. This may include
and stocking it with their own characters, or by selecting and
anything from fighting crime to averting disasters. Just taking risks
reading from a prepared adventure). The GM describes the
isn't enough. A dangerous act is only heroic if it’s taken for the
scenes and events of the story as they unfold, and tells the other
sake of the greater good (or to avert a terrible evil). If a character
players the results of their actions.
doesn’t perform heroic deeds, then they’re not a superhero.
The GM also acts as the ultimate and impartial judge in any rules
A character is visually distinctive if they’re immediately
disputes. It’s the GM's job to keep the story running smoothly, the
recognizable by anyone who has seen them before. This may be
rules working fairly, and the players entertained-- hopefully to
due to a uniform or costume they wear when on duty, or because
everyone's mutual enjoyment.
of bizarre physical features, or some badge of office such as a
The players take the roles of superheroes. Each player-character distinctive emblem or artifact. If a cinematic version of the
receives a set of statistics and abilities, then creates a costume character was played by different actors in different films, but you
and a name in order to fight crime and protect society. As the still knew exactly which character they were when you saw them,
players gain experience, their abilities will increase, along with the then they could be considered a superhero.
difficulty of the tasks they will be called upon to perform.

RPGs don’t typically have clearly defined winners and losers.


Instead of competing with the other players, you are working with
them as a team, to accomplish mutual goals. Individual
characters may also have personal goals that they are trying to
achieve, but overall, the goal of the game is to create
entertaining stories together.

1.1 What Is a Superhero?


Superheroes are widely recognized as “comic-book characters in
tights who use weird powers to fight crime". But how accurate is
that?

Many recognized superheroes have appeared on film, in radio


dramas, in literature, on stage, and even in role-playing games,
instead of comics. And many comic books aren’t about
superheroes.

Superheroes are always visually distinctive, but they don’t


necessarily wear tights, or a mask, or a cape. For example, a
certain green gamma-ray powered behemoth often goes
around wearing only the tattered remnants of whatever pants he
had on when he transformed. Likewise, not all characters who
wear tights (or masks, or capes) are necessarily superheroes. Pharaoh of the Mighty Protectors® superhero team.

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1.2 Other Equipment 1.3 Online Support
Each player should have a pencil, eraser, and scrap paper. The You can find errata, source material, conversion notes,
GM will find it useful to keep a notebook, preferably a ring binder characters, record sheets, counters, and other free downloads on
with pockets inside, for storing information about the game - the Monkey House Games web site:
much of which must be kept secret from the other players.
www.monkeyhousegames.com
The only thing needed for play that isn’t available at a typical
office supply outlet are the polyhedral dice used in this and many
other role-playing games. Mighty Protectors® requires at least one
2.0 Characters
of each of the following: a 4-sided die, a 6-sided die, an 8-sided To play Mighty Protectors® you need a character. A Mighty
die, a 10-sided die, a 12-sided die, and a 20-sided die. Protectors® GM needs a whole lot of characters! This chapter
shows you how to create them!
Many role-playing gamers find it convenient to use miniature
figures or cardboard counters to represent the characters in scale
on the tabletop. Miniatures can be found at any hobby store that
2.1 Character Generation
carries gaming supplies. Counters can be easily made from 1" There are two types of characters. Player Characters are the alter-
squares of sturdy white cardboard, with portraits of the characters egos of the players. Non-player Characters are controlled by the
added by hand. GM, and include everyone else in the game besides the Player
Characters. Each player creates their own character, while the
GM creates any NPCs.
1.2.1 Using the Dice
A few explanatory notes on the use of polyhedral dice are added All characters have Basic Characteristics (BCs) and Abilities,
here for new players. which are both purchased with Character Points (CPs). The
number of CPs a character receives depends on their Power
The letter "d" followed by a number is a commonly used
Level (see 2.1.1).
abbreviation to denote the type of die to be rolled. The number
denotes the number of sides; d4 means a four-sided die, d6 The following is a procedure for generating characters randomly.
means a six-sided die, etc. Super-powered heroes and villains, as well as mundane civilians,
can all be created using this same process. As each section is
Four-sided dice have three numbers on each face, and the
completed, record the necessary information on the character
number on the edge against the table (or sometimes, the number
record sheet.
at the upper tip) is the one to read; this will be the same on all
three visible sides. Because of their sturdy squat shape, d4s don’t Random character generation determines the character’s
tumble very well. Roll them from a reasonable height with a bit of background details and distributes their CPs among their BCs and
spin to avoid doubts. Abilities, but it doesn’t preclude your creative input. Feel free to
discard or re-roll Abilities, swap out what you rolled for something
Eight-, ten-, and twelve-sided dice all work the same way as
else, or shift Character Points (CPs) around – even reducing or
traditional six-sided dice. A few old twenty-sided dice are
discarding some Abilities or Basic Characteristic (BC) points to free
numbered from 0-9 twice; to use these as d10s, read the 0 as a 10.
up CPs that you can transfer into other Abilities or BCs.

The rules sometimes call for d100 or "percent" rolls. These are made
The GM’s judgment may be called upon at times to set costs for
by rolling two d10s, reading 10's as 0's, and treating the first die as
new Abilities or Modifiers, or to advise players when they make
the "tens" digit and the second die as the "ones" digit. A roll of "00"
poor choices during character creation.
yields 100.
If you’re not already familiar with the Mighty Protectors® rules, you
Mighty Protectors® also calls for d2s and d3s. These are special rolls
may wish to see Chapters 3.0 to 5.0 for a full explanation of the
using the d6. For a d2, roll a d6 - calling odd rolls a "one" and even
underlying game mechanics before you begin creating your
rolls a "two". For a d3, roll a d6 and call 1-2 a "one", 3-4 a "two", and
character.
5-6 a "three".

The result of a "d1" roll is always one. Point Construction


If you already have an idea for the type of character you want to
In some instances multiple dice are rolled and added together. create, you can skip the random die rolls and simply pick
For example, 3d10 indicates that three 10-sided dice should be whichever characteristics and Abilities fit your idea.
rolled, then these numbers are added together to obtain the die-
roll result. A roll of d6+d8 indicates that one 6-sided die and one You’re still limited to the same number of Character Points (CPs)
8-sided die are rolled, and the resulting numbers are added and the same Ability Caps (see 2.1.16.5) as randomly generated
together. characters. It’s a good idea to follow along with the random
generation tables anyway, even if you’re choosing everything, to
On other occasions die rolls are made with a modifier. For make sure you've thought about all of the important elements
example, d6+2 means to roll a six-sided die and add two to the which go into making a good character and that you’re assigning
result. 2d8-1 means to roll two eight-sided dice, total them, and legal numbers of CPs.
then subtract one from the result. And so on.

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Keep in mind that the point costs for BCs and Abilities don’t same as the order in which they appear on the Character Sheet.
guarantee effective characters. If you don’t give your character The Character sheet is arranged in a way which best suits the
at least one way to protect themselves, and at least one way to demands of play. Again, though, you’re free to complete these
defeat opponents, then they won’t be very useful in a fight. steps in any order you please.
Conversely, if you put all the character’s points into offense and
defense, they’ll be very effective in battle but useless for anything 2.1.2.1 Player
else. Even ‘very effective’ fighters have limits; in a world of Write the player’s name here, for ease of identification. If the
superheroes, it’s not possible to be perfectly effective against all character is another character’s Companion, write “So-and-so’s
types of defense, or completely immune to all possible modes of Companion”. If the character doesn’t belong to any player, write
attack. The best advice is, try to have a few tricks up your sleeve, “NPC Villain”, “NPC Hero”, etc. The character’s secret identity
and you’ll be as ready as you can be. and superhero code-name are addressed later, in sections 2.1.18
thru 2.1.20.
Playing Yourself
Most superhero stories take place in modern times, raising the 2.1.2.2 Side
obvious question… where are 'you' while all of these super- Most intelligent characters are classified as either Good or Evil.
powered heroes are out saving the world? Sitting on your bottom Nonsentient (unintelligent) animals and creatures as well as some
around a crowded gaming table? It doesn't have to be that way. intelligent characters are considered Neutral.
If you want, your superhero character can be an alternate-world
version of YOU! Simply pick your own nationality, age, weight, skills, Player characters are always heroes, and therefore on the side of
identity, and so on during character generation. Good.

2.1.1 Power Level 2.1.2.3 Birthplace


The GM decides whether the PCs in their campaign start at Low, Where (or when) does the character come from? The character's
Standard, or High Power Level. race, cultural background, and so on are all influenced by this.

Low Power Level campaigns concern ‘street-level’ crime; gang Roll on the tables in this section, starting with the Place of Birth
violence, protection rackets, feuds for the control of table, to determine the character’s place of origin.
neighborhoods, police and political corruption, serial murderers,
ethnic tensions, weird crime, and so on. Low Power characters d100 Place of Birth
can possess fascinating abilities, but still tend to be vulnerable to 01-80 Local. The character is a native of the locale where
groups of normal humans with typical firearms. they’re first encountered. So if this character first
turns up in Moscow, they’re Russian and a
Muscovite. Proceed to section 2.1.3.
Standard Power Level campaigns focus on ‘traditional’ superhero
81-96 Foreigner. The character is from another well-known
tropes; super-powered villains and their specially equipped region of the world on which they’re first
minions, teams of supervillains, criminal cartels, regional conflicts, encountered. If that world is the Earth, roll on the
extortion schemes threatening entire cities, giant monsters, local Known Regions table. If they’re encountered on
disasters, and the like. Standard Power characters exist on a level some other world, the GM will have to determine
slightly above the mundane concerns of normal law- what region of that world they came from.
97 Stranger. The character is from a lost or hidden
enforcement.
region of the world on which they’re first
encountered. If that world is the Earth, roll on the Lost
High Power Level campaigns involve higher concerns: major Regions table. If they’re encountered on some other
supervillains with super-powered minions, world war, alien world, the GM will have to determine what lost or
invasions, threats to entire nations, alliances between major hidden region of that world they came from.
villains, powerful ancient cults, cosmic horrors, global disasters, 98 Anachronism. The character is from another time
interstellar conflicts and so on. High Power characters laugh at period in the history of the world on which they’re
thugs with guns, and live above everyday human concerns. first encountered. Re-roll to determine whether the
character is a native of the region where they’re
encountered (re-rolling further results of 98), and if
These power levels blend together at the edges, of course. With
this world is the Earth, roll on the Time Periods table. If
sufficient experience, characters created at Low power they’re encountered on some other world, the GM
eventually advance to match beginning Medium power must determine which time period they came from
characters, and so on. Challenges typical to higher power levels in that world’s history.
may begin to crop up before characters of a lower level are 99 Alien. The character is from another world in the
entirely ready to confront them. Mighty Protectors® Multiverse. Roll on the Other
Worlds table.
100 Extra-Dimensional. The character is from another
2.1.2 Character Record Sheet dimension in the Mighty Protectors® Multiverse. Roll
As you make your way through the character generation process, on the Other Dimensions table.
you should record the character’s relevant details on their
Character Record Sheet. Known Regions of the Earth
Roll on the following table if you need to determine the national
The following sections are presented in the order which makes the origin of a character who’s from a well-known part of the Earth. If
most sense for character generation, which is not always the you roll the same region where the character is first encountered,

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then the character comes from some other part of that same d100 Lost Regions
region. For example, if the character is encountered in London, 01-15 The Secret Land. A primordial jungle teeming with
England, and England is rolled for their place of origin, then dinosaurs and other extinct species, located on a
they’re from some part of England other than London. strange planetoid floating around Earth’s oceans –
accessible via a portal deep in the Amazon basin.
Roll d100 for species: 01-34 = Cro-Magnon, 35-67 =
d100 Known Regions Neanderthal, 68-00 = Saurid. Culture: Primitive.
01 Ethiopia 16-30 Atlantis. An undersea realm in the north Atlantic. The
02 Elsewhere in Eastern Africa ancient Atlanteans used sorcery to adapt
03 Malaia* themselves to dwell under water aeons ago, but
04 Elsewhere in Central Africa have since reverted to barbarism. Species:
05 Egypt Atlantean. Culture: Primitive.
06 Elsewhere in Northern Africa 31-40 Haven. This is a "shore leave" facility for veterans from
07 South Africa the Core Wars. It’s located in a vast underground
08 Elsewhere in Southern Africa dome beneath the American northwest. Roll d100
09 Nigeria for species: 01-20 = Tech Construct, 21-80 = Alien, 81-
10 Elsewhere in Western Africa 00 = Human. Culture: High Tech.
11-22 China 41-55 Lemuria. A domed city beneath the south Pacific. Its
23-27 Japan inhabitants are descended from an ancient
28 Elsewhere in Eastern Asia technologically advanced African civilization, who
29 Bangladesh preserved their cities in domes when the island of
30-38 India Lemuria sank. Species: Human. Culture: High Tech.
39 Pakistan 56-75 Subternia. This is a world-spanning complex of
40-42 Elsewhere in South-Central Asia interconnected caverns and tunnels. Subternia is
43-44 Indonesia host to a variety of races and cultures. Roll d100 for
45 Philippines species: 01-33 = Silicoid, 34-66 = Troglodyte, 67-00 =
46 Viet Nam Monster. Culture: Primitive.
47 Elsewhere in South-Eastern Asia 76-80 The Enclave. This is a secret refuge in northern
48 Turkey Minnesota for the Outcasts – monsters who dwell in
49 Elsewhere in Western Asia secret alongside mankind. Species: Monster. Roll
50 Belarus d100 for culture: 01-20 = Fantasy, 21-40 = Primitive,
51-52 Poland 41-50 = Mixed, 51-90 = Modern, 91-00 = High Tech.
53 Romania 81-00 Other. Make up your own Lost Region, selecting
54-59 Russian Federation appropriate Race and Culture types for the
60-61 Ukraine character.
62 Elsewhere in Eastern Europe
63-64 Britain
65 Sweden
66 Elsewhere in Northern Europe
67 Greece
68-69 Italy
70-71 Spain
72 Elsewhere in Southern Europe
73-74 France
75-77 Germany
78 Netherlands
79 Elsewhere in Western Europe
80 Cuba
81 Elsewhere in the Caribbean
82 Mexico
83 Elsewhere in Central America
84-85 Brazil
86 Elsewhere in South America
87-96 United States
97 Canada
98 Elsewhere in North America
99 Australia
00 Elsewhere in Oceania
*This is a fictitious nation from the Mighty Protectors® Multiverse.
Malaia is a dictatorship ruled by the supervillain Leo.
Great heroes may come from our world’s ancient past...

Lost Regions of the Earth Time Periods of the Earth


Roll on the following table if you need to determine the place of
Roll on the following table if you need to determine the native
origin for a character who’s from a lost or hidden region of the
time period of a character who’s from another time in Earth's
Earth. If you roll the same region where the character is first
history. If you roll the same time period in which the character is
encountered, then the character comes from some other part of
first encountered, then the character comes from a different part
that region.
of that time period.

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You may also want to re-roll to determine whether the character of any of several competing empires. Species:
is a native of the region where they were encountered (albeit Human. Culture: Modern.
from another time), and where they’re from if they aren’t native. 46-50 Industrial. This covers the period between the
harnessing of electrical power and the first use of
nuclear weapons. Characters from the Industrial
d100 Time Periods
era may be from any of the nations which existed
01-05 Primordial. This covers the period of time between
at that time. Species: Human. Culture: Modern.
the Big Bang and the appearance of large, multi-
51-60 Modern. This period extends from the detonation of
cellular life forms on the Earth. Characters from this
the first nuclear weapons to the establishment of
period aren’t likely to be natives of the Earth. Roll
the first permanent settlements off-planet.
d100 for species: 01-33 = Tech Construct (High Tech
Characters from the Modern era may be from any
culture), 34-67 = Alien (High Tech culture), 68-00 =
of the areas listed on the Known Regions of the
Monster (roll d100 for culture: 01-34 = High Tech, 35-
Earth table, above. Species: Human. Culture:
67 = Mixed, 68-00 = Primitive)
Modern.
06-10 Age of Dinosaurs. This covers the period from the
61-70 Near Future. This period runs from the establishment
emergence of life from the seas to the extinction of
of the first permanent settlements off-planet, to the
the dinosaurs after the impact of a large comet.
dawn of interstellar travel. Characters from the
Characters from this period might be members of
Near Future may be from any nation on Earth, or
an intelligent saurian species, or an early alien
from an orbital, Lunar, Mars, or Asteroid colony. Roll
colony. Roll d100 for species: 01-25 = Tech
d100 for species: 01-80 = Human, 81-00 = Tech
Construct (High Tech culture), 26-50 = Alien (High
Construct. Culture: High Tech.
Tech culture), 51-75 = Saurid (Primitive culture), 76-
71-85 Far Future. This period covers the time from the
00 = Monster (roll d100 for culture: 01-34 = High
dawn of interstellar travel to the dim reaches of the
Tech, 35-67 = Mixed, 68-00 = Primitive)
far future, when humanity has been established as
11-15 Stone Age. This covers the span of time from the rise
a vast intergalactic empire. Characters from the
of mammals as the dominant life-form on the Earth,
Far Future may be from any planet where humans
to the arrival of the Sorcerer-Lords. Characters from
of Earthly origin can be found. Roll d100 for species:
this period are primitive cave-dwellers. Roll d100 for
01-50 = Human, 51-70 = Alien, 71-00 = Tech
species: 01-33 = Neanderthal, 34-66 = Cro-Magnon,
Construct. Roll d100 for culture: 01-80 = High Tech,
67-00 = Human. Culture: Primitive.
81-95 = Modern, 96-00 = Primitive.
16-20 Age of Legends. During this period, early Man was
86-00 Extreme Future. This time period takes place after
enslaved by Sorcerer-Kings from the planet Geos.
the decline and fall of humanity, when the human
This tyranny lasted for millennia, until humans stole
intergalactic empire is only dimly remembered by
the sorcerers’ knowledge of magic and drove
the species that came after mankind, if at all.
them back into the void of space – resulting in the
Characters from the Extreme Future may be from
sinking of Atlantis and Lemuria, and the
isolated backwater planets where humans of
emergence of the first historical city-states.
Earthly origin can still be found. Roll d100 for
Species: Human. Roll d100 for Culture: 01-33 =
species: 01-20 = Human, 21-70 = Alien, 71-00 = Tech
Primitive, 34-66= Fantasy, 67-00 = Mixed.
Construct. Roll d100 for culture: 01-80 = High Tech,
21-25 Ancient. This time period extends from the rise of
81-95 = Modern, 96-00 = Primitive.
human-dominated civilization in the Tigris-Euphrates
valley, to the dawn of the first large historical
empires. Characters from this period may be Other Worlds
ancient Egyptians, Sumerians, or members of some Roll on the following table to find the homeworld of a character
other ancient civilization. Species: Human. Roll d100 who’s from another planet.
for Culture: 01-50 = Primitive, 51-00 = Fantasy.
26-30 Classical. This time period extends from the dawn
of the Empire of Alexander the Great, to the fall of d100 Other Worlds
Rome. Characters from this historical period may 01-10 The Core. This is a region at the center of our galaxy -
be from any of the cultures which existed at that the scene of a vast interstellar conflict known as the
time. Species: Human. Roll d100 for culture: 01-50 = Core Wars, which rages between the forces of the
Primitive, 51-00 = Fantasy. cosmic being known as Cosmos and the forces of
31-35 Dark Ages. This covers the time from the fall of the Void. It has gone on – and will continue - for an
Rome to the re-emergence of high culture after eternity. Roll d100 for species: 01-20 = Human, 21-70 =
centuries of barbarism. Characters from the Dark Alien, 71-00 = Tech Construct. Roll d100 for culture:
Ages are likely to be citizens of a feudal kingdom. 01-80 = High Tech, 81-95 = Modern, 96-00 = Primitive.
Species: Human. Roll d100 for culture: 01-50 = 11-25 The Psynax Empire. The Psynax are a race of beings
Primitive, 51-00 = Fantasy. who are genetically capable of interbreeding with
36-40 Renaissance. This time period covers the span from any other species. Their society is divided into rigid
the return of civilization after the Dark Ages to the castes, based on inherited biological traits. Species:
beginning of the widespread use of gunpowder Psynax. Culture: High Tech.
and steam power. Characters from the 26-40 The Technocracy. This is a totalitarian space empire,
Renaissance may come from any of the advanced comprised of a variety of races. Roll a d100 for
cultures of Europe, or one of their conquered species: 01-20 = Human, 21-70 = Alien, 71-00 = Tech
colonies. Species: Human. Roll d100 for culture: Construct. Culture: High Tech.
01=20 = Fantasy, 21-00 = Modern. 41-60 The Spherical Confederation. An alliance of
41-45 Victorian. This time period covers the span from the inhabited systems in the region surrounding Earth’s
beginning of the widespread use of gunpowder own solar system. The Sphere was formed in the
and steam power to the harnessing of electricity. aftermath of the combined Psynax/Technocracy
Characters from the Victorian era might be citizens invasion of the Earth in the early 1980s, which left
several of these worlds devastated. The Sphere's
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avert another invasion. Roll d100 for member world: inhabitants see Mankind as something to manipulate
01-20 = Vandar (Species: Vandari, Culture: High to their own ends, or conquer – or as cattle. Species:
Tech), 21-40 = Dakodar (Species: Dakodaran, Monster. Culture: Mixed.
Culture: High Tech), 41-60 = Farash (Species: Farashi, 71-90 Fictional World. Choose any world from literature,
Culture: High Tech), 61-80 = Geos (Species: Geosian, film, etc. Select an appropriate Species and Culture.
Culture: Mixed), 81-00 = Perator (Species: Peratonian, 91-00 Other. Create your own alien dimension, selecting
Culture: High Tech). appropriate Race and Culture types for the
61-70 Darkworld. An entire planet of "dark matter" which character. If the character is first encountered in a
orbits the Sol system beyond Pluto. Species: Darkling. dimension other than Earth’s, you may choose to
Culture: Mixed. make them come from Earth’s dimension.
71-75 Factorum. An ancient manufacturing facility, pre-
dating the Big Bang, as large as an entire star system
and made of undetectable Dark Matter. Legends
say that the Factorum is the birthplace of our
universe’s cosmic entities. Species: Mixed, Culture:
Mixed.
76-80 Frankenstein Galaxy. An artificial galaxy assembled
by the Propagators from material they’ve stolen from
other galaxies. The Milky Way is next on their menu.
Species: Tech Construct. Culture: High Tech.
81-85 Chronangeles. Ruled by the cosmic entity known as
Chronos. Its engineers and mechanics, known as
“Generations”, observe the flow of the time stream
throughout the Multiverse using machinery cobbled
together from orphaned technology from lost
civilizations. Generations are cloned from women of
many races in Earth’s dimension. They sometimes
appear as mythical figures from the dimensions they
visit. Chronos also provides Cosmos with clones of
the greatest warriors in history to fight for him in the
Core Wars. Species: Alien. Culture: Mixed.
86-90 Omnopolis. Ruled by Jillian, the daughter of the
cosmic entity called Cosmos. A golden city as big as
the entire surface of the Earth, bastion of the mighty
heroes which Cosmos rules. Species: Human. Culture:
Mixed. A grim survivor from an alternate reality.
91-00 Other. Create your own alien world, selecting
appropriate Race and Culture types for the
character. If the character is first encountered on a
world other than the Earth, you may choose to make 2.1.3 Species
them an Earthling. If the character’s species hasn’t already been determined on the
previous tables, then roll on the following table:
Other Dimensions
Roll on the following table to determine the home plane of a d100 Species
character who’s from another dimension. 01-80 Human
81-88 Tech Construct
89-92 Mystical Construct
d100 Other Dimensions
93-98 Monster
01-05 The Interdimensional Library. Ruled by the cosmic
99-00 Mixed
entity known as Cognos. An entire universe devoted
to collecting and storing information and fiction from
Many species have no special Abilities of their own, or they
throughout the Multiverse, as a backup in the event
that the forces of Cosmos lose the Core War. receive a combination of Abilities and Weaknesses that add up
Species: Human. Culture: Mixed. to 0. Some, however, get a package of Abilities worth (20) CPs.
06-25 Mythical Realm. Choose a heaven, hell, or other This reduces the starting values of each of their Core Abilities by
world from any historical myth logy (Norse, Greco- (5) CPs. See 2.1.16.2, Ability Points.
Roman, Judeo-Christian, Buddhist, etc.). Select an
appropriate Species (Human, Magical Construct, or Descriptions for the various known species are as follows:
Monster) and Culture.
26-45 Alternate Earth. Choose or make up a parallel world
where history has diverged from our own (the Dark Alien
Future of the superhero Zeta, ReichWorld where Nazi The character is a member of a race which evolved on a planet
Germany won WWII, etc.). Select an appropriate other than the Earth. An alien character’s Abilities and
Species and Culture.
Weaknesses may be unique to them, or they may be inherent to
46-60 Internet/Virtual Reality. This is an alternate universe
their alien race.
which exists within electronic computer networks.
Select an appropriate Species and Culture.
61-70 The Abomination Realm. A pocket dimension
sanctuary for monsters, dimly remembered in human
legend as a hell ruled by demons. The Abomination
Realm is ruled by the infernal Asmodan. Its

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Atlantean
Atlanteans are gilled, green-skinned humanoids with webbed
fingers and toes. The ancient Atlanteans used sorcery to adapt
themselves for life underwater eons ago, but have since reverted
to barbarism. Atlanteans get (5) fewer CPs per Core Ability.

CPs Atlantean Abilities


(8) Adaptation: Drowning, High Pressure
(5) Speed: 16”/64” Swimming
(7) Heightened Strength: +7

Cro-Magnon
Nearly identical in appearance to modern humans, Cro-Magnon
characters tend toward slightly heavier build with a heavy brow.
They have no special Abilities.

Dakodaran
These beings are short, hive-dwelling humanoid rodents from the
planet Dakodar in the Spherical Confederation. Dakodarans get
(5) fewer CPs per Core Ability.

CPs Dakodaran Abilities An adventurer from the planet Geos.


(0) Size Change (B); Smaller: 3’, Permanent
(10) Natural Weaponry: Claws & Fangs, +2 to hit, +4 sharp Human
kinetic damage Humans have no special Abilities.
(5) Armor: 1/1/0/1
(5) Heightened Agility: +5
Lemurian
Darkling These dark-skinned, telepathic humans have dwelt in a domed
undersea city of super-science for many thousands of years.
These beings made of dark matter, from a dark matter planet
Lemurians get (5) fewer CPs per Core Ability.
which orbits the Sol system beyond Pluto. Darkling characters get
(5) fewer CPs per Core Ability.
CPs Lemurian Abilities
(5) Telepathy: Verbal (5)
CPs Darkling Abilities
(15) Mind Control: Save @ -6, Sea Creatures Only
(10) Adaptation: Asphyxiation, Radiation
(5) Disintegration Field, d6 damage, No Range, PR = 1
(5) Flight: 2" acceleration, 32" top speed Mystical Construct
(0) Heightened Sense: Vision is based on x-rays instead of The character is a creature that has been given life by magical
visible light means. They may be a golem, a homunculus, a zombie, an
(5) Heightened Cool: +5
animated rag-doll, etc. Abilities and Weaknesses received by
(-5) Reduced Strength: Scrawny, -3 ST, -2 EN
Mystical Constructs are typically granted to them by their
creator(s).
Farashi
These crustacean aliens from the planet Farash in the Spherical
Mixed
Confederation are often outspoken critics of the Earth. Farashi
The character’s species incorporates biological components
characters get (5) fewer CPs per Core Ability.
augmented with technological or magical prosthetics, or both.
CPs Farashi Abilities Abilities and Weaknesses received by characters of Mixed species
(15) Armor: 3/2/2/2 are usually direct manifestations of their biological, mystical and
(3) Adaptation: Drowning technological elements.
(7) Heightened Strength: +7
(-5) Reduced Agility: Clumsy, -5 AG Monster
‘Monster’ is a catch-all category for characters whose
Geosian appearance or Abilities render them socially unacceptable.
To all appearances, Geos is an utterly typical world of European Every Monster character receives (-10) CPs in additional
medieval fantasy. What it's doing 17.3 light years from Earth Weaknesses; either (-10) CPs of the Distinctive (Unattractive)
remains a mystery. Since being inducted into the Spherical Weakness, distributing the extra (10) CPs as they wish among their
Confederation, Geos has received an influx of advanced Abilities and Attributes, OR (-10) CPs of the Prejudice Weakness.
technology to supplement its native sorcery. Geosian characters Assign the (10) extra CPs to a disturbing ‘monstrous’ Ability
can be humans, or else you may make up any traditional (examples: Chemical Body (made out of some noxious
medieval fantasy race. substance), Death Touch, Emotion Control (fear), Shape-Shifting
(into a monstrous form), Siphon (blood drain), Summoning
(demons), Vehicle (hearse), etc. Monsters are feared and

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shunned by most people in the Mighty Protectors® Multiverse, the
way that Mutants are feared and shunned in some other
superhero settings.

Neanderthal
Heavily built primitive hominids with heavy brows and jaw.
Neanderthals can be found in Earth’s stone age, and in the Secret
Land.

CPs Neanderthal Abilities


(5) Heightened Strength: +5
(-5) Lowered Intelligence: Dense, -3 IN, -2 CL

Peratonian
This humanoid alien race is descended from avian stock. They
have reddish skin, sharp features, and dark feathered crests. Their
bones are light but strong. Like the Vandari, the Peratonians are
friendly toward the Earth. Several Peratonian adventurers have
become Earthly superheroes, including the late Freedom Eagle.
Peratonian characters get (5) fewer CPs per Core Ability.

CPs Peratonian Abilities


(0) Density Change: Decrease, x .5 Weight
(5) Heightened Senses: Telescopic Vision, x16
magnification, +4 vs. range penalties
(5) Heightened Strength: +5
(5) Heightened Agility: +5
A robotic Tech Construct.
(5) Heightened Cool: +5

Psynax Troglodyte
Powerfully built, blind albino humanoids. Troglodytes are
The Psynax are a race of technologically advanced beings who
descended from ancient Neanderthals, who migrated into the
are genetically capable of interbreeding with any other species.
lightless depths of the Earth aeons ago.
Most Psynax fall within one of their genetically standardized
castes, but others are completely unique. Psynax characters are
CPs Troglodyte Abilities
allowed to take an extra Core Ability, but they must take an equal (5) Heightened Senses: Scent improved to a Full Sense
number of additional CPs from Weakness to pay for it. (5) Knowledge: Sneaking +6
(5) Natural Weaponry: +2 to hit with grappling
Saurid (5) Heightened Strength: +5
(-5) Lowered Intelligence: Dense, -3 IN, -2 CL
These are a race of intelligent dinosaurs, related to the (-15) Diminished Senses: Blind
velociraptor. Saurids get (5) fewer CPs per Core Ability.

CPs Saurid Abilities


Vandari
(10) Armor: 2/1/2/1 The Vandari are a humanoid race, with skin ranging from a pale
(5) Speed: 32” ground lemon yellow to a deep burnt orange. Their hair is usually dark,
(5) Natural Weaponry: +2 to hit / +2 sharp kinetic damage falling out rather than turning grey as they age. Their eyes have
claws large, dark pupils. They have no particular special Abilities: treat
them as normal humans during character generation. The
Silicoid Vandari are well-disposed toward Earth, their world having once
Silicoids are a race of subterranean beings made of living rock. been liberated from Psynax occupation by the Protectors. Since
Silicoids get (5) fewer CPs per Core Ability. that time, they’ve been governed by a council of elected
paranormal heroes from their own world.
CPs Silicoid Abilities
(10) Adaptation: Asphyxiation, High Temperatures
(5) Density Increase, x3 weight, Continual, Can’t Hold
2.1.4 Culture
Back Besides simply fleshing out the character’s background, a
(10) Heightened Strength: +10 character’s culture affects their ability to identify the function of
(-5) Reduced Agility: Clumsy, -5 AG mystical artifacts and advanced technology (see 3.1.2).

Tech Construct Unless otherwise indicated on the previous tables, every


The character is an artificial life-form created by science. They character’s Culture is Modern.
could be a robot, an android, a genetically engineered creature,
etc. Abilities and Weaknesses possessed by Tech Constructs are
typically deigned into them by their creator(s).

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Fantasy from the multiplier for each 1 rolled and adding one to the
multiplier for each 12 rolled.
In a fantasy culture, magic is commonplace enough to serve in
the place of advanced technology.
Example: Martha rolls 2d12, yielding a 3 and a 12 for a total of 15,
multiplied by 4 (because one of the numbers she rolled was a 12)
Primitive resulting in an age of 60.
Primitive cultures are technologically backward, lacking
advanced scientific knowledge but possessing some knowledge
of magic.
2.1.6 Gender
Gender has no direct effect on a character's game statistics.
Players are thus free to select any gender identity, expression,
Mixed biological sex, and sexual attraction for their character. The
Mixed cultures possess some limited technology as well as a
following tables are provided for GMs to determine these details
limited magical tradition.
for NPCs, and for players who wish to leave these decisions open
to chance:
Modern
The character comes from a culture that is similar to modern Earth. d100 Gender Identity
Modern cultures place some emphasis on technology, but little 01-48 Woman
on magic. 49-96 Man
97-00 Nonbinary*

High Tech d100 Gender Expression


High Tech cultures possess a high degree of technological 01-87 Same as gender identity
advancement, but have no use for the supernatural. 88-93 Different from gender identity
94-97 Androgynous (involves traits associated with multiple
genders)
2.1.5 Age 98-00 Gender Neutral (mostly devoid of gendered traits)
A character’s age has no direct effect on their game statistics.
Normal humans won't usually be found superheroing before their d100 Biological Sex
teens or after their 60's, but there are exceptions. Non-human 01-95 Cisgender (biological sex is aligned with gender
identity)
characters can be of any age, from a few hours to many aeons,
96-99 Transgender (biological sex is different from gender
depending on their race and character concept. identity)
00 Intersex
The age of a typical ‘beginner’ superhero (or villain) can be
determined randomly by rolling 2d10+10. If the character is d100 Sexual Attraction
supposed to have a few years of experience behind them, add 01-90 Straight (attracted to members of a different
10 or more to this roll. gender)
91-94 Gay/Lesbian (attracted to members of the same
gender)
95-99 Bisexual/Pansexual (attracted to members of
multiple genders)
00 Asexual (not sexually attracted to anyone)
*Nonbinary is a catch-all category for gender identities outside
of the usual gender binary and cisnormativity. Such characters
may identify as one or more of the following: genderless,
genderqueer, gender fluid, two-spirit, etc.

Example: The GM is creating an NPC villain, and decides to


generate their gender randomly. The first roll is 45: the NPC
identifies as a woman. The second roll is a 19: she also expresses
as a woman. The third roll is a 12: she’s biologically female. The
fourth roll is 51: she’s straight.

2.1.7 Basic Characteristics


A character’s Basic Characteristic (BC) scores represent their
The teenaged superhero Bluejay! fundamental physical and mental capabilities, aside from any
special skills, gear, and super Abilities. Every living character and
Example: Ms. Moonlight is a new young superhero. A roll of 2d10 creature has at least 1 point in each of the BCs.
yields 9, plus 10 equals 19. Ms. Moonlight is 19 years old. If she were
supposed to be an experienced hero, she could be 29 or even Strength (ST)
older. Strength measures of the amount of physical force the character
can exert. This mainly translates into their Carrying Capacity (how
You may alternately roll for a random age that more accurately much weight they can hold off the ground and remain standing)
reflects the modern American population. Roll 2d12, adding the and Base HTH Damage (the amount of injury they can inflict with
two numbers together. Multiply the final total by 3, subtracting 1 their bare hands). ST also contributes to the character’s total

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Power (fatigue) and Move (ground movement rate), and has a BC Scores by Campaign Power Level
large effect on the character’s Hit Points (‘Hits’ - the amount of Order Assigned Normal Low Standard High
damage they can sustain before losing consciousness). 1st 14 16 18 20
2nd 12 14 16 18
3rd 10 12 14 16
Endurance (EN) 4th 8 10 12 14
Endurance is a measure of the character’s overall health and 5th 6 8 10 12
fitness. This mainly translates into their Endurance save (their
chance of successfully resisting a test of their Endurance) and Roll a d10 once for each of the five Basic Characteristic scores
their Healing Rate (how many Hits they regain per day of rest). EN given for the campaign’s power level on the table above,
also contributes to the character’s total Power (fatigue) and assigning each BC score to the CP cost of the BC indicated by
Move (ground movement rate), and has the largest effect on the the die roll on the table below.
character’s Hits (the amount of damage they can sustain before
losing consciousness) of any of the BCs. d10 Roll Basic Characteristic
1-2 Strength (ST)
Agility (AG) 3-4 Endurance (EN)
5-6 Agility (AG)
Agility represents the character’s full-body and hand-eye 7-8 Intelligence (IN)
coordination. This mainly translates into their Agility save (their 9-10 Cool (CL)
chance of succeeding at a test of their Agility - including,
importantly, their chance to hit a target with most types of If a roll indicates a number which has already been assigned to a
attacks) and their Physical Defense (the difficulty of others hitting BC, use the next BC listed on the table. If Cool (CL) is rolled, but
them with a physical attack). AG also contributes to the already been assigned, start back at the top with Strength (ST).
character’s total Power (fatigue) and Move (ground movement
rate), and has some effect on the character’s Hits (the amount of Example: Carl is generating random BC scores for a new Standard
damage they can sustain before losing consciousness). Power Level character. He rolls a 2, assigning his first BC Score (an
18) to his Strength. Then he rolls a 10, assigning his second BC score
Intelligence (IN) (a 16) to his Cool. A roll of 5 assigns a 14 to his Agility. Another roll
Intelligence is a rating of the character’s sensory awareness and of 5 skips Agility (since he already rolled that), and assigns a 12 to
reasoning ability. This mainly translates into their Intelligence save the next BC, which is Intelligence. His final BC score, a 10, is
(their chance of succeeding at a test of their Intelligence – assigned to his Endurance since that’s the only Basic
including perception checks and their chance to hit a target with Characteristic which hasn’t got a score yet.
mental attacks) and their Mental Defense (the difficulty of others
hitting them with a mental attack). IN also contributes to the
character’s total Power (fatigue), and determines the character’s
free pool of Inventing Points (their ability to makeshift devices as
the need arises).

Cool (CL)
Cool is a measure of the character’s willpower and force of
personality. This mainly translates into their Cool save (their
chance of successfully resisting a test of their Cool) and their
Initiative (their ability to react quickly in combat). CL also has a
small effect on the character’s Hits (the amount of damage they
can sustain before losing consciousness).

2.1.7.1 Determining BC Scores


The total number of CPs in a character’s Basic Characteristic (BC)
scores depends on their Power Level. Each BC point is worth (1)
CP (see 2.1.16.2). A new player character’s Power Level is the
same as the Power Level of the campaign they’re being created
for. NPCs can be built at any Power Level the GM wishes.

There are several different methods for assigning a new


character’s BCs.

Random Method:
The character receives a set of five pre-determined Basic
Characteristic (BC) scores. The BC scores they receive depend on
their campaign’s Power Level.

These BC scores are assigned at random, in the following order: Aquarius of the Zodiak supervillain team.

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Construction Method 1: Power Level BC Points Minimum Maximum
Assign the BC scores given for the character’s Power Level on the Normal 50 3 15
Low 60 3 18
first table under the Random Method as desired among the
Standard 70 3 21
character’s five BCs. High 80 3 24

Example: Julie is creating a high-powered character. She assigns The maximums shown only pertain at this stage in character
a 20 to the character’s EN, 18 to AG, 16 to IN, 14 to CL, and 12 to generation. Characters are free to exceed this maximum later in
ST. the character generation process, up to the absolute BC Cap at
their Power Level (see 2.1.16.5).
Construction Method 2:
Assign the number of BC points indicated for the character’s Example: Arnold is creating a low-powered character. He assigns
Power Level on the table below among the character’s five BC 60 points among the character’s BCs as follows: 15 to ST, 11 to EN,
scores, within the given range of minimum and maximum scores 12 to AG, 6 to IN, and 16 to CL.
per BC:

2.1.7.2 Basic Characteristic Table


BC Carrying Capacity Base HTH Damage Save Numbers Initiative Hit Points Healing Rate
Score ST ST EN, AG, IN & CL CL ST EN AG CL EN
0 8 d2-1 6- d2-1 -3 -5 -2 -1 .2
1 10 d2-1 7- d2-1 -3 -5 -2 -1 .3
2 12 d2-1 7- d2-1 -3 -5 -2 -1 .3
3-5 15 d2 8- d2 -2 -3 -1 0 .5
6-8 30 d3 9- d3 0 -1 0 1 .8
9-11 60 d4 10- d4 1 1 1 1 1
12-14 120 d6 11- d6 3 3 2 2 1.6
15-17 240 d6+1 11- d6+1 5 6 3 2 2.2
18-20 480 d8+1 12- d8+1 6 8 5 3 2.8
21-23 960 d10+1 12- d10+1 8 10 6 3 3.4
24-26 1,920 2d6 13- 2d6 10 13 7 4 3.9
27-29 3,840 d6+d8 13- d6+d8 12 15 8 5 4.5
30-32 7,680 2d8 14- 2d8 14 17 9 5 5.1
33-35 15,360 d8+d10 14- d8+d10 16 20 10 6 5.7
36-38 30,720 2d10 15- 2d10 17 22 12 6 6.3
39-41 61,440 d10+d12 15- d10+d12 19 25 13 7 6.9
42-44 122,880 2d12 16- 2d12 21 27 14 7 7.5
45-47 245,760 3d8 16- 3d8 23 29 15 8 8.1
48-50 491,520 2d8+d10 17- 2d8+d10 25 32 16 9 8.7
51-53 983,040 d8+2d10 17- d8+2d10 27 34 17 9 9.2
54-56 1,966,080 3d10 18- 3d10 28 36 19 10 9.8
57-59 3,932,160 2d10+d12 18- 2d10+d12 30 39 20 10 10.4
60-62 7,864,320 d10+2d12 19- d10+2d12 32 41 21 11 11
63-65 15,728,640 3d12 19- 3d12 34 43 22 12 11.6
66-68 31,457,280 3d12+1 20- 3d12+1 36 46 23 12 12.2
69-71 62,914,560 3d12+2 20- 3d12+2 38 48 25 13 12.8
72-74 125,829,120 4d10 21- 4d10 39 50 26 13 13.4
75-77 251,658,240 3d10+d12 21- 3d10+d12 41 53 27 14 14
78-80 503,316,480 2d10+2d12 22- 2d10+2d12 43 55 28 15 14.5
81-83 1,006,632,960 d10+3d12 22- d10+3d12 45 58 29 15 15.1
84-86 2,013,265,920 4d12 23- 4d12 47 60 30 16 15.7
87-89 4,026,531,840 4d12+1 23- 4d12+1 48 62 32 16 16.3
90-92 8,053,063,680 5d10 24- 5d10 50 65 33 17 16.9
93-95 16,106,127,360 4d10+d12 24- 4d10+d12 52 67 34 17 17.5
96-98 32,212,254,720 3d10+2d12 25- 3d10+2d12 54 69 35 18 18.1

Carrying Capacity Base HTH Damage


This shows the amount of weight (in pounds) that the character The die roll shown is the amount of blunt Kinetic damage which
can lift and carry without severe exertion. Carrying Capacity the character can inflict in a bare-handed attack. Base HTH
depends on the character’s Strength (ST) score. A character can (Hand to Hand) Damage depends on the character’s Strength
double their Carrying Capacity temporarily by Pushing (see 5.5). (ST) score. A character can temporarily add a bonus of +2 to their
Base HTH Damage by Pushing (see 5.5).
Example: Gauntlet’s ST is 15. He can carry up to 240 lbs. without
much exertion, or up to 480 lbs. by Pushing. Example: Gauntlet’s ST is 15. His Base HTH Damage roll is d6+1, or
d6+3 if he Pushes.

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Save Numbers Example: Crime Teacher has a 14 ST, 18 EN, and 33 AG.
(14+18+33)=65. Dividing 65 by 3 equals 21.67, which rounds up to
This shows the character’s Saving and Task Roll numbers (see 3.0)
22.
for their Endurance (EN), Agility (AG), Intelligence (IN) and Cool
(CL). The ‘-‘ sign means ‘or less’, so a character with an EN save
of ’12-‘ must roll a 12 or less on a d20 to succeed at an Endurance Inventing Points
save. Every character receives a number of Inventing Points equal to
their IN score divided by 2, rounded up.
Example: Gauntlet has a 15 EN, 19 AG, 20 IN, and 21 CL, giving
him save numbers of 11- for EN, 12- for AG, 12- for IN, and 12- for
CL.

Initiative
The die roll shown is used when the character rolls for Initiative in
combat (see 4.2). Initiative depends on the character’s Cool (CL)
score.

Example: Gauntlet’s CL is 21. His Initiative roll is d10+1.

Hit Points
Hit points represent the maximum amount of injury a character’s
body can sustain before they become incapacitated.

Strength (ST), Endurance (EN), Agility (AG) and Cool (CL) each
contribute toward a character’s Hit Points (‘Hits’). Find the number
in the “Hit Points” column corresponding to each of those Basic
Characteristics, and add them together to determine the
character’s Hits.

Example: a character with a score of 9 in every BC has a total of Wanted: the savage, spine-tailed TRICERATOPS!
4 Hits. If that character’s Endurance rose to 12, they would then
have 6 Hits. 2.1.9 Weight & Mass
Adult male characters roll 5d6. Adult female characters roll 5d4.
Every character has at least 1 Hit Point, regardless of their BC Multiply the result by 10 to find the character’s weight in pounds.
scores. For teenaged characters, subtract 1 or 2 dice. For heroically large
characters, add 1 or 2 dice.
Healing Rate
This is the number of Hit Points a character can recover naturally Alternately, you may choose any weight within the following
through rest (see 4.13). Healing Rate depends on the character’s ranges:
Endurance (EN) score.
Body Type: Lightest Average Heaviest
Smallest Male 30 105 180
2.1.8 Secondary Characteristics Teen Male 40 140 240
These characteristics are all calculated from the character’s other Adult Male 50 175 300
stats, and must be re-figured if the BCs they’re based on change. Large Male 60 210 360
Heroic Male 70 245 420
Smallest Female 30 75 120
Power Teen Female 40 100 160
Power points represent the amount of energy that a character Adult Female 50 125 200
can generate. Power is used to avoid injury, to fuel one’s super Large Female 60 150 240
powers, and to perform other strenuous activities. Heroic Female 70 175 280

To find a character’s Mass roll, divide their weight by 2 and find


A character’s Power score equals the total of their final ST, EN, AG,
the closest match in the Carrying Capacity column on the BC
and IN scores.
table. Read across to the HTH Damage column: record the type
of dice listed there as the character’s Mass roll.
Defenses
Each character has a Physical Defense score equal to their AG
save -10, and a Mental Defense score equal to their IN save -10. 2.1.10 Background
Roll three times on the following table. Choose two of the results
Move to keep. You may re-roll duplicates, or keep them. The results you
keep indicate the character’s general areas of background
A character’s ground movement rate equals the average of their
knowledge:
ST, EN, and AG scores, rounded to the nearest whole number.

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d100 Background (Career Examples) Alternately, you may combine two Backgrounds to create a
1-5 Medicine (Surgeon, Nurse, Pharmacist, Physical new/specialized Career which encompasses them both. For
Therapist, Paramedic, etc.) example, a character with Business/Sales and
6-9 Law (Lawyer, Law Student, Legal Assistant, Judge, Travel/Transportation might be a Travel Agent. Combining two
Rights Advocate, etc.)
Backgrounds into a single Career gives the character a bonus of
10-14 Engineering/Technology (Mechanical Engineer,
Civil Engineer, Chemical Engineer, Architect, +3 on Task checks where the GM rules that the Career applies;
Electrical Engineer, etc.) note this also on the character’s record sheet.
15-19 Security/Law Enforcement (Security Guard, Police
Officer, Detective, Parole Officer, Jailor, etc.) If you kept two instances of the same Background, you may either
20 Fine Art (Painter, Songwriter, Sculptor, Composer, select two different Careers within that Background (for example,
Poet, etc.) Journalist and Cameraman under Media/Communications) or
21-23 Commercial Art (Illustrator, Photographer,
else choose only one Career in that Background but gain a bonus
Cartoonist, Portrait Artist, Graphic Designer, etc.)
24-26 Performing Art (Dancer, Singer, Pianist, Actor, of +3 on related task checks, noting this on the character’s sheet.
Playwright, etc.)
27-31 Social Work/Charity (Life Coach, Mediator, Example: Tim is creating a new Mighty Protectors® character. His
Caregiver, Babysitter, Therapist, etc.) character is a 21-year-old from Dallas, Texas. He weighs 150
32-36 Media/Communications (Journalist, Radio pounds, and has high scores in ST and AG, but he has low scores
Operator, Publisher, Cameraman, Editor, etc.) in CL and IN. His backgrounds are Government/Bureaucracy and
37-40 Sports (Football Player, Mascot, Tennis Player, Law. After thinking about it for a bit, Tim decides that his character
Coach, Trainer, etc.)
is a prison guard - well versed in the rules and regulations of prison
41-44 Education/Academia (Scholar, Teacher, Student,
Professor, Tutor, etc.) life. Since he has only that one Career, he gets a bonus of +3 on
45-49 Crime (Burglar, Smuggler, Mugger, Kidnapper, task checks which fall within that career description.
Assassin, etc.)
50-53 Military (Soldier, Officer, Mercenary, Guerilla,
Wargamer, etc.)
54-58 Government (Politician, Pollster, Pundit, Lobbyist,
Political Intern, etc.) 2.1.11 Motivation
59-63 Agriculture (Farmer, Botanist, Gardener, Ecologist, Every superhero has a heroic motivation which explains why
Migrant Worker, etc.) they’re so eager to fight crime. Roll d100 twice, selecting
64-67 Research/Science (Physicist, Lab Assistant, whichever motivation fits best and writing it down on the
Astronomer, Chemist, Research Assistant, etc.)
character’s record sheet:
68-71 Religion/Mysticism (Priest, Sorcerer, Witch, Minister,
Shaman, etc.)
72-75 Psychology (Therapist, Counselor, Gerontologist, d100 Superhero Motivation
Psychologist, Psychometrician, etc.) 01-09 Penance. Your character did something in the past
76-80 Labor/Manufacturing (Factory Worker, Day Laborer, that they feel they have a need to make up for. It's
Mover, Bricklayer, Ditch Digger, etc.) best if what they did is somehow relevant to the
81-85 Business/Sales (Manager, Entrepreneur, Salesman, focus of the campaign, but not vital. Any good you
Shopkeeper, Clerk, etc.) can do helps assuage the guilt that's gnawing at
86-90 Accounting/Finance (Accountant, Investor, Banker, your soul...
Bank Teller, Fundraiser, etc.) 10-18 Vengeance. They did something horrible, either to
91-95 Travel/Transportation (Taxi Driver, Pilot, Sailor, you or to a loved one. They have to pay, and
Trucker, Cyclist, etc.) you're determined to collect. The bad guys of the
96-100 Hunting/Survival (Hunter, Gatherer, Tracker, Search campaign don't necessarily need to be the specific
& Rescue, Survivalist, etc.) ones responsible. In your mind, they're all alike.
19-27 Utopian. Your world-view drives you to confront the
Several example careers are given for each background. For enemy. This may be a personal philosophy, or
something you share with others (such as
example, both Banker and Investor are Careers in the
patriotism, or a religion). You may have been raised
Accounting/Finance background. Select a specific Career for with these values, or developed them only recently.
each of the two Backgrounds that you keep. You may also make Your world-view may be based on moral or ethical
up other Careers besides the examples listed, subject to GM convictions or be entirely fanciful, but you MUST try
approval. to live up to it, and be an example to others.
28-36 Thrill Seeker. Danger's your middle name, and you
Consider which Career options the Backgrounds you’ve chosen throw yourself into it with wild abandon. If you
happen to do some good along the way, that's
might realistically offer within the context of the character’s
icing. The truth is, you're in it for the rush.
birthplace, culture, basic characteristics, age, and so on. For
37-45 Duty Bound. You feel obligated to carry on a
example, a 13-year-old kid is more likely to be a Cyclist than a tradition, or feel that you have a special duty to
Trucker. fulfill. "My father was the ORIGINAL Dark Avenger;
now the Dark Avenger lives again!" "With great
The Careers you choose are used by the GM when deciding power comes great responsibility". "So what if I lost
whether the character has received appropriate training at a my badge? I'm a COP, dammit!" "The Shadow
given Task (see 3.0.2.1). Guard were formed to oppose the forces of
darkness. I am the last."
46-54 Need To Know. Your character is motivated by a
Write the names of the Careers you select in Background section
desire for knowledge. "Gosh! I've never seen a
of the character’s record sheet. vampire before!" "They said I was mad, but I'll show

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them! I'll find proof!" "I must get closer... a reading of 61-67 Belligerent / Carnage. The villain loves to fight and
this creature's gamma output is crucial to my to destroy things, preferably ancient, famous, or
experiment." "I'm writing an article on Native venerated things.
American Folklore. Can you tell me exactly where 68-73 Survival. The villain's activities stem more from
you last saw Bigfoot?" needs they can’t control than from any antisocial
55-63 For Hire. You've got the talent and guts to face the impulses.
enemy, but you're not stupid. Question #1 is, what's 74-80 Dupe. The villain has been forced or tricked into
in it for you? Not that you're without compassion... committing crimes. They may not even be aware
you've been known to accept lesser fees from that they’re fighting on the side of evil.
particularly needy clients, and you'd never 81-87 Conquest. The villain is driven by a desire to control
knowingly work for the other side! or dominate. No matter how much they conquer, it
64-72 Self-Defense. The enemy are after you. It's only a never feels like it’s enough. Unlike the egotist, this
matter of time before they strike. But you refuse to villain is motivated by a goal they feel is import
surrender! Better to carry the fight to them, to give rather than by personal greed.
them something to remember, even if in the end 88-93 Twisted Honor. The villain is driven to perform
the odds are hopeless! You never know who might criminal acts out of a warped or misguided sense
be working with them… of justice, honor or duty.
73-81 Glory Hound. You love to bask in the adulation of 94-00 Opportunist. The villain is simply willing to violate
the masses, and the best way you've found to earn laws when they think they can get away with it.
that adulation is in combating the forces the
masses most fear and despise.
82-90 Carnage. You love to blow stuff up. Mainly you
2.1.12 Wealth
target villains because, in general, no one will All characters start with a d4 Wealth roll (representing an average
weep for them and give you grief. Secondary, of annual income of about $40,000).
course, is the fact that they're worthless creeps that
need blowing up. Hmm. Maybe there’s a spark of
decency somewhere inside you after all. 2.1.13 Luck
91-00 Justice. You are motivated solely by the belief that All characters start with a 10- Luck save (representing an
wrongdoers must face the full weight of the law. ‘average’ amount of luck), for free.

Villains have motivations, too. Roll twice on the following table,


selecting whichever Motivation fits best and writing it down on the 2.1.14 Origin Type
character’s record sheet. A character’s Origin Type is a general description of the means by
which they got their Abilities. Origin Types don’t directly affect
d100 Supervillain Motivation Ability selection. Instead, they guide the player or GM in choosing
01-07 Insanity. The villain is insane. Roll again, twisting the whether each of the character’s Abilities is a super power, a skill,
result to make it very extreme and deeply irrational. a technological device, a magical artifact, or a magical spell. Roll
For example, if you reroll and get "Carnage", then
twice on the table below, re-rolling duplicates, and pick
perhaps the villain wants to destroy the entire
world. whichever result fits the best.
08-13 Vengeance. Something was done to the villain that
they think was unjustified. The villain wants to pay d100 Origin Type
back the ones he thinks are responsible – or just 01-20 Mutated or Evolved
take it out upon the world in general. 21-40 Science Accident
14-20 Dystopian. The villain's world-view drives them to 41-45 Mystical Accident
support the establishment of an evil, oppressive 46-65 Science Project
government, religion, or other authoritarian 66-80 Mystical Project
institution. 81-90 Physical Training
21-27 Thrill Seeker. The villain is mainly driven by the thrill 91-00 Mystical Training
of accomplishing daring crimes.
28-33 Anarchist. The villain enjoys interfering with or Mutated or Evolved
tearing down authoritarian institutions.
The character is either a spontaneous mutation, or the inheritor of
34-40 Prejudice. The villain hates and despises some
racial or ethnic group, and wishes to oppose or super-ability genes from their parent(s) or ancestor(s). Any special
harm them in any way they can. gear they have was either inherited, purchased, or constructed
41-47 Mercenary / Servitor. The villain has no particular by the character to augment their innate abilities.
motivation of their own, but they’re willing to
perform criminal acts for money, and they've got a
reputation for being good at what they do, leading
Science Accident
other criminals to employ them. The character got their Abilities or equipment as the result of a
48-53 Greedy / Egotist. The villain doesn’t recognize the freak – albeit scientifically explicable – accident.
rights of others, and suffers from the delusion that
they have a grand destiny and deserve to acquire
vast personal wealth and power.
Mystical Accident
54-60 Publicity Seeker. The villain loves to be talked The character gained Abilities as a consequence of mystical
about, to have their picture in the paper, to collect forces gone awry, or discovered or received mystical secrets or
newspaper clippings and watch TV coverage of artifacts through sheer luck.
their own crimes.

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d100 Offensive Ability
01-02 Absorption
03-04 Chemical Abilities
05-08 Death Touch
09-12 Devitalization Ray
13-14 Disintegration
15-18 Emotion Control
19 Experience Levels
20-21 Flame Abilities
22-23 Force Field
24-25 Grapnel
26-27 Gravity Control
28-29 Heightened Agility
30-33 Heightened Attack
34-37 Heightened Expertise
38-41 Heightened Strength
42-43 Ice Abilities
44-45 Light Control
46-47 Lightning Control
48 Magnetism
49-52 Mind Control
53-56 Natural Weaponry
57-60 Paralysis Ray
61-64 Poison/Venom
65-69 Power Blast
70-71 Reflection
72-75 Repulsion Blast
76-77 Shaping
78-81 Siphon
82-83 Sonic Abilities
84-87 Special Weapon
Intercrime Power Infantry 88 Telekinesis
89-92 Transmutation
Science Project 93-94 Vibration Abilities
The character received their Abilities or gear through the 95-98 Weakness Detection
99-00 Weather Control
intentional application of scientific principles, either on their own
or through the efforts of outside experts.
d100 Defensive Ability
01-03 Absorption
Mystical Project 04-08 Adaptation
The character was granted mystical Abilities, training and/or 09-14 Armor
15-17 Astral Projection
artifacts by others with mystical expertise.
18-19 Chemical Abilities
20-24 Darkness Control
Physical Training 25-28 Density Change
The character developed their own Abilities through hard, diligent 29-30 Disintegration
31-35 Durability
work – either alone or as part of a larger group. Only relatively
36-37 Experience Levels
mundane Abilities can be acquired this way, and so any unusual 38 Flame Abilities
Abilities they possess almost certainly take the form of gear, either 39-41 Force Field
issued to them by the group who trained them or put together by 42-43 Gravity Control
the character themself to augment their training. 44-46 Heightened Agility
47-51 Heightened Defense
52-56 Heightened Endurance
Mystical Training 57 Ice Abilities
The character mastered the mystical arts through study and 58-62 Invisibility
practice – either on their own or within a larger group. Any gear 63-67 Invulnerability
they possess will almost certainly have been given to them by 68-72 Life Support
those who trained them, or enchanted by the character themself. 73 Light Control
74 Lightning Control
75-76 Magnetism
2.1.15 Abilities & Weaknesses 77-81 Non-Corporealness
Randomly select 2 Offensive Abilities, 2 Defensive Abilities, and 2 82-84 Reflection
85-89 Regeneration
Miscellaneous Abilities by rolling twice on each of the following
90-94 Shield
Ability tables. Some Abilities appear on more than one table if 95 Stretching Abilities
they offer a combination of offensive, defensive, and other 96-97 Telekinesis
Abilities. Re-roll if the same Ability is rolled more than once: 98-00 Vibration Abilities

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d100
01-02
Miscellaneous Ability
Animal/Plant Abilities
2.1.16 Final Touches
03-04 Arsenal At this point, if you've been rolling randomly, you're finding yourself
05 Astral Projection confronted with a list of traits which, at first glance, may not seem
06-07 Base to make a whole lot of sense together. Now it’s time to put
08-09 Communicators together a superheroic (or villainous) ‘theme’ from all of these
10-11 Companion
disparate pieces.
12-13 Cosmic Awareness
14-15 Cybernetics
16-17 Dimensional Travel 2.1.16.1 Character Concept
18-19 Duplication Look for a pattern, or even the suggestion of a pattern, in all of
20-21 Energy the random noise.
22-23 Experience Levels
24-26 Flight
Example Part 1: Nina’s character rolls a Standard power level hero
27 Grapnel
28-29 Healing who’s local (Atlanta, GA, USA), a human, 25 years old, a
30-31 Heightened Cool cisgender straight woman with 12 ST, 10 EN, 18 AG, 16 IN, and 14
32-33 Heightened Initiative CL, weighing 100 lbs. – a photographer and journalist, a thrillseeker
34-35 Heightened Intelligence who got her Abilities as the result of some kind of science project.
36-37 Heightened Senses For Abilities, she rolls Devitalization Ray, Heightened Attack, Armor,
38-39 Illusions
Shield, Grapnel, and Energy. Her random Weaknesses are Poverty
40-41 Inventing
and Reduced Strength.
42-47 Knowledge
48-49 Luck
50-55 Mental Ability Pick four Core Abilities from the randomly generated set of six.
56-57 Negation These should be Abilities that seem to fit together under a single
58-63 Physical Ability theme. Also keep in mind that the character needs to be
64-65 Revivication effective; leaving them without any attack Abilities, or any
66-67 Shape-Shifting defenses, may make them ineffective.
68 Shaping
69-70 Size Change
71-73 Speed 2.1.16.2 Ability CPs
74-76 Stretching Abilities Each character receives a certain number of CPs in each of their
77-78 Summoning Core Abilities, in addition to the CPs they receive as their starting
79-81 Super Speed
BC scores. The number of CPs each Core Ability gets depends on
82-83 Telepathy
84-86 Teleportation the campaign’s Power Level:
87-88 Transformation
89-91 Vehicle Power Level Core Ability CPs BC Points Total CPs
92-93 Wealth Normal (no Abilities) 50 50
94 Weather Control Low 10 60 100
95-00 Willpower Standard 20 70 150
High 30 80 200
Each character must also select two random Weaknesses. Roll
twice on the table below. Re-roll if the same Weakness is rolled So, for example, in a High-powered campaign characters begin
more than once: with (30) CPs in each of their Core Abilities, and the total
beginning cost of all of their Basic Characteristics and Abilities,
d100 Weaknesses minus their Weaknesses, is 200.
01-05 Diminished Senses
06-10 Distinctive Characters of certain species suffer a penalty on the number of
11-15 Low Self-Control CPs assigned to their Core Abilities (see 2.1.3).
16-20 Lowered Intelligence
21-25 Nemesis
26-30 Personal Problem
2.1.16.3 Weaknesses
31-35 Phobia Now examine the character’s first randomly-rolled Weakness.
36-40 Physical Disability Weaknesses have negative CP values, which reduce the
41-45 Poverty character’s overall CP cost, freeing up CPs so that the character
46-50 Prejudice can spend them elsewhere. Weaknesses are described below
51-55 Psychosis
(see section 2.3). Do the character’s Weaknesses fit with their
56-60 Reduced Agility
61-65 Reduced Cool emerging theme? If so, choose a number of CPs for each
66-70 Reduced Endurance Weakness that seems appropriate. You may then assign those CPs
71-75 Reduced Strength to one of the character’s two non-Core Abilities, or distribute them
76-80 Special Requirement among their other Core Abilities and BCs. Or, if a Weakness
81-85 Susceptibility doesn’t seem to fit, you may simply discard it.
86-90 Uneducated
91-95 Unliving A character may take a maximum of (-20) CPs in Weaknesses.
96-00 Vulnerability
Weaknesses added by certain Species, Abilities and Modifiers (for
example the Monster species, Animal/Plant Abilities, or the
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should disallow any character from taking more than (-30) CPs in 2.1.16.5 BC and Ability Caps
Weaknesses.
The maximum basic and final cost of a character’s Abilities or Sub-
Abilities and BCs (after Modifiers: see 2.2.4), and the average
So, a character could take (-20) CPs in one Weakness, or (-15) in
damage that their Abilities may cause (the total of their minimum
one and (-5) in another, or (-10) each in two Weaknesses, etc., but
and maximum possible rolls, divided by 2) may not exceed
no more.
certain limits. These limits are determined by the character’s
current experience/CP total, as indicated on the following table.
Any non-Core Abilities which have not yet been assigned CPs are
now discarded.
Note: Caps prevent Abilities from being too powerful, but there
are other ways to game the rules which can also result in overly
Example Part 2: Nina begins to form a concept: her character was
powerful Abilities. The GM should disallow any choices which
involved in a scientific investigation into the primitive superstition
seem abusive, even if they don’t seem to violate the Caps.
that photography steals souls. She keeps Devitalization Ray,
Heightened Attack, Armor and Energy, receiving (20) CPs in each
Total CPs BC Cap* Ability Cap** Damage Cap***
(and plans to make them all Gear), and also drops both
1-4 10 0 3
Weaknesses. 5-9 11 1 3
10-12 12 2 3
13-14 12 2 4
15-19 13 3 4
20-24 14 4 4
25-29 15 5 5
30-34 16 6 5
35-37 17 7 5
38-39 17 7 6
40-44 18 8 6
45-49 19 9 6
50-54 20 10 7
55-59 21 11 7
60-62 22 12 7
63-64 22 12 8
65-69 23 13 8
70-74 24 14 8
75-79 25 15 9
80-84 26 16 9
85-87 27 17 9
88-89 27 17 10
90-94 28 18 10
95-99 29 19 10
100-104 30 20 11
105-109 31 21 11
110-112 32 22 11
113-114 32 22 12
115-119 33 23 12
120-124 34 24 12
Shatterman! 125-129 35 25 13
130-134 36 26 13
135-137 37 27 13
2.1.16.4 Ability CP Costs 138-139 37 27 14
An Ability’s CPs determine exactly what it can do. 140-144 38 28 14
145-149 39 29 14
Some Ability listings, such as Chemical Abilities, are actually 150-154 40 30 15
groups containing multiple sub-Abilities. This is indicated by a letter 155-159 41 31 15
code (for example, A) Chemical Blast and B) Chemical Body). 160-162 42 32 15
163-164 42 32 16
Sub-Abilities are treated as entirely separate Abilities for purposes
165-169 43 33 16
of Ability Caps (see 2.1.16.5), and may be Modified (see 2.2.4) 170-174 44 34 16
independently. You may put all of an Ability’s CPs into a single 175-179 45 35 17
Sub-Ability, or split them among multiple Sub-Abilities. 180-184 46 36 17
185-187 47 37 17
Elements of an Ability which do not have letter codes, such as the 188-189 47 37 18
various types of Adaptation, may be taken all together as a single 190-194 48 38 18
195-199 49 39 18
Ability, or separately as individual Abilities, etc. as the character
200-204 50 40 19
wishes. You only ever need to pay CPs for whichever part(s) of an 205-209 51 41 19
Ability that the character will be using. 210-212 52 42 19

After the final CP cost of a character Ability has been determined


(including any Modifiers: see 2.1.16.7.1),any decimals are always
rounded up.

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Total CPs BC Cap* Ability Cap** Damage Cap*** Magnetism A) Magnetic Manipulation and on Magnetism B)
213-214 52 42 20 Magnetic Field.
215-219 53 43 20
220-224 54 44 20 The GM has the authority to waive these caps, both for PCs and
225-229 55 45 21
their own NPC characters, if they feel it’s warranted – usually if the
230-234 56 46 21
Ability or BC in question isn’t relevant in combat, and needs to
235-237 57 47 21
238-239 57 47 22 exceed the caps for the sake of convenience, or of realism.
240-244 58 48 22
245-249 59 49 22 2.1.16.6 Stacking Abilities
250-254 60 50 23
Different Abilities that affect the same thing ‘stack’, which is to say
255-259 61 51 23
260-262 62 52 23 that their effects are cumulative. If a character gets a bonus of +1
263-264 62 52 24 to hit with all attacks from one Ability, and a bonus of +4 to hit with
265-269 63 53 24 a particular attack from another Ability, they wind up with a total
270-274 64 54 24 of +5 to hit with that particular attack. Likewise, protection against
275-279 65 55 25 Energy damage from two or more Abilities is cumulative against
280-284 66 56 25
all Energy attacks, Abilities which endow characters with bonuses
285-287 67 57 25
to Basic Characteristics are cumulative, and so on. Ability stacking
288-289 67 57 26
290-294 68 58 26 must be considered when determining BC, Ability, and Damage
295-299 69 59 26 caps.
300-304 70 60 27
305-309 71 61 27 2.1.16.7 Advanced Customization
310-312 72 62 27
313-314 72 62 28 Experienced players and GMs may wish to customize their
315-319 73 63 28 characters further. CPs may be shifted freely between a
320-324 74 64 28 character’s Abilities and BC scores. The character may even pick
325-329 75 65 29 up entirely new Abilities, paying for them with CPs taken out of
330-334 76 66 29 other Abilities or BC scores.
335-337 77 67 29
338-339 77 67 30
Example: AutoKnight has (20) CPs in Vehicle, (20) in Special
340-344 78 68 30
Weapon, (20) in Heightened Expertise, (20) in Armor, (-10) CPs
345-349 79 69 30
350-354 80 70 31 from a Compulsion to enforce mundane traffic laws, 18 ST, 22 EN,
355-359 81 71 31 16 AG, 10 IN, and 14 CL. He decides to optimize his BCs by shifting
360-362 82 72 31 1 point from AG to CL, making them both 15s. He further decides
363-364 82 72 32 that he wants to emphasize his Vehicle Ability, and doesn’t plan
365-369 83 73 32 to get out and fight one-on-one very often. So he takes (5) CPs
370-374 84 74 32
out of Armor and Special Weapon, dropping them each to (15)
375-379 85 75 33
380-384 86 76 33 while increasing Vehicle to (30). And finally, he sets aside (5) CPs
385-387 87 77 33 for a Heightened Senses helmet, taking them out of his Special
388-389 87 77 34 Weapon. This leaves him with: (30) CPs in Vehicle, (10) in Special
390-394 88 78 34 Weapon, (20) in Heightened Expertise, (15) in Armor, (5) in
395-399 89 79 34 Heightened Senses, a (-10) Compulsion, 18 ST, 22 EN, 15 AG, 10 IN,
400-404 90 80 35 and 15 CL.
405-409 91 81 35
410-412 92 82 35
Characters must pay a minimum of (1) CP for any Ability or BC,
* (Total CPs / 5) +10, rounded down
** (Total CPs / 5), rounded down after all the cost adjustments for its Modifiers are applied. Species
*** (Total CPs / 12.5) +3, rounded down Abilities (see 2.1.3) are an exception; some species Abilities cost
(0) CPs.
A character’s BC, Ability, and damage caps rise as they earn CPs
of experience, as indicated by the table. 2.1.16.7.1 Ability Modifiers
Additional, general-purposes Modifiers suitable for a wide range
These limits apply to both the final cost paid by the character for of different Abilities are listed in the Modifiers section (see 2.2.4).
an Ability or BC, and the base cost of the Ability or BC.
2.1.16.7.2 Creating New Abilities
Example: a beginning Low Powered character may neither buy
Characters aren’t limited to the Abilities described in section 2.2;
(25) CPs worth of Flight, nor (20) CPs of Flight with Modifiers that
the GM may allow any Ability which they or the player can
raise its final cost above (20). They may, however, buy (20) CPs of
conceive. It falls to the GM to define the new Ability in game
Flight with a combination of Modifiers which keep its final cost
terms, and assign its point cost based on its game effects.
within the (20)-point limit.
As a general guideline, (5) CPs represents a trivial Ability, (10) CPs
Ability caps apply to each separate, lettered sub-Ability within an
represents a weak Ability, (15) CPs represents a minor Ability, (20)
Ability listing. For example, a beginning standard power level
CPs for an Ability of average strength, (25) CPs for an above
character with the Magnetism Ability has a cap of (30) on
average Ability, (30) CPs for a high-powered Ability, etc.

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drawn on them in magic marker have all been accepted as
2.1.17 Backstory "superhero costumes" by the authorities. As long as the character
Like their character concept, a character’s backstory emerges
wears pretty much the same thing every time they go out in the
organically from their place of origin, species culture, age, BCs,
field, they're within legal bounds.
careers, motivation, origin type, and Abilities.
At the start of their careers, all characters receive (free of charge)
Backstory includes details such as the character's family, friends,
a costume which can conceal their identity and which is capable
associates, and other personal details.
of withstanding the character’s super Abilities when they’re used.
A character who uses flame would have a flame-proof costume,
a character who stretches would have an elastic one, etc. Any
Gear the character possesses may be built into the costume as
well. Additional or replacement costumes may require time
and/or a Wealth roll to acquire, at the GM’s option.

Some characters can form their costume by using their super


Abilities. And a protective piece of Gear might actually be the
character’s costume.

If there’s an artist in your gaming group, of if you're an artist


The origin story of an extraterrestrial villain known as The Survivor. yourself, you may wish to spend some time working out the details
of the character's appearance.

2.1.18 Name
Characters aren’t just collections of Abilities and personal details.
2.1.20 True I.D.
Picking a good name provides the glue that brings a character This is the character's "real" name - the one they had before they
concept together. became a superhero or villain. Usually a superhero's identity is a
carefully guarded secret, to prevent the forces of evil from using
Superhero characters are usually built around themes, or it to harass their family and friends, and sometimes to hide the
archetypes. The archetypes may be animals, natural hero’s dark past. Villains may also hide their true identities.
phenomenon, or abstract concepts.
Without a secret identity to fall back on, it’s impossible to ever truly
Often a character's Abilities are directly related to their be ‘off duty’. The character will probably lose whatever job they
archetype. A character with Super Speed and Natural Weaponry used to have, and so on.
might be dubbed, "The Cheetah". Lightning / Electrical Field and
Teleportation could add up to the name "Statik". And so on. Not every character has another identity. For example Hermes,
the Greek god of messengers, may be Hermes in both his daily life
But a character's name isn’t necessarily dictated by their Abilities. and in his superhero career. Similarly, the ‘codename’ of a
A "bat" theme can be used to evoke feelings of fear, for example, character who was created in a vat by alien scientists may be the
without the character having any "bat-like" Abilities at all. only name they’ve ever known.

A character might also be named after something they're a It’s also possible to skip having a secret identity without
student or even enemy of: "Dr. Aikido", or "Demon-Hunter", for endangering one’s loved ones, if the character’s appearance
example. has changed so drastically that no one can recognize them. A
character may take that route so long as there is a rational
You can also combine archetypes from seemingly unrelated explanation for their change in appearance.
Abilities, for example a character with both martial arts skills and
electrical Abilities might be named "Lightning-Fist". A character with a criminal record (see 2.1.21.4) no longer has
their original secret identity, though they may not care or they
You can even mix archetypes which are directly conflicting. Bats may take on a new one. For all other characters, maintaining a
evoke nocturnal imagery, but that doesn't mean you can't call a secret identity is a matter of choice.
character Sun Bat. Perhaps the character has sonar and bat-like
wings, but also glows and can fire beams of solar fire. The secret 2.1.21 Legal Status
is: Use Your Imagination!
Superhero characters begin the game with a Superhero License
(see ), unless the GM wants them to play through the process of
2.1.19 Costume earning one, or their player wants to try to get by without one.
Traditionally, superheroes and villains wear brightly colored tights. Well-established heroes may have been granted a Security
In fact, the arrangement by which the government permits super- Clearance by the government. Supervillain characters are
powered heroes to ply their trade (see 6.2) requires superheroes probably Wanted by the authorities unless they’ve just finished
to have a distinctive appearance. If necessary, this involves serving time in prison for their previous crime(s), or are just
wearing some kind of distinctive uniform which serves to identify beginning their criminal careers. Supervillains who’ve been
them and establish that they’re an "officer of the law". But the captured before will have a Criminal Record.
costumes don't have to be of any specific style. Cloaks, dusters,
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2.1.21.1 The Superhero License have been involved in a crime or be able to provide information
about one. The evidence may only be circumstantial, and the
Much of what superheroes do would be illegal in the real world.
Wanted character may be totally ignorant and innocent, but
But in the MIGHTY PROTECTORS® MULTIVERSE, superheroics are
nonetheless the authorities want them brought in – by a superhero
appreciated enough that the government and the public don't
if necessary.
want the law to obstruct it. The resulting superhero licensing
program is described below (see section 6.2). This isn’t a
“registration” program. Its purpose is to facilitate cooperation
between superheroes and the government, not to limit the
freedom of those who have Abilities. Becoming licensed is
optional, but players should be aware that in a typical campaign
not being licensed will greatly diminish their character’s
effectiveness. It’s okay to start without a license and play through
the process of acquiring one, though.

2.1.21.2 Security Clearance


A character’s security clearance score represents their rank in the
government’s security network; a low score indicates that the
character is allowed access to low-security information and files
while a higher score means that they have greater access. The
absolute best security clearance possible is a score of 20, which is
reserved for the President and their top aides. Any Security
Clearance calculated at 1 or less is treated as a 1: this is the worst
score that any character given a Security Clearance can have.

Characters can get a Security Clearance in several ways, usually This Dakodaran Pirate faces a death sentence in 13 systems!
by becoming employed in a government intelligence agency,
government funded and/or controlled superhero group, by being 2.1.21.4 Criminal Record
asked to participate in a high-security mission, etc. Security
There is a 33% chance that any newly encountered supervillain
Clearance scores can also be obtained through high-ranking
already has a criminal record. A new supercriminal’s record may
security officials and through employment by private industries
only be in their civilian identity (i.e. their new ‘super’ identity may
working on security projects (military hardware manufacturers, for
be unknown to the authorities), depending on their backstory and
example). A character’s Security Clearance score is constantly
how long they’ve had their Abilities (GM’s option).
reviewed by the government and adjusted when necessary (see
the formula below). If the character stops needing a Security If you choose to give a hero a Criminal Record, simulate that by
Clearance it remains at its last recorded level for a period of two giving the character the Public Identity or Personal Problem: Dark
years, after which it becomes inactive. Past Weaknesses.

IN save + CL save + (Earned CPs/5) - 20 Having a criminal record doesn’t necessarily mean that the
character was guilty, but people tend to distrust convicted
While the authorities make a concerted effort to calculate
criminals nevertheless.
Security Clearance scores accurately, they will refrain from
interfering with a character’s secret identity during that process. Note the results on the character’s sheet. The descriptions and
Security Clearance scores thus reflect only what the character Abilities of convicted superhumans are thoroughly catalogued,
has shared with the government. as well as information on their other known identities, if any. This
data is available to all law enforcement agencies and to licensed
A character’s Security Clearance may be suspended during
superheroes via the data files of the Department of Superhero
investigations into their activities, or because of minor abuses of
Affairs, or DSA (though an IN-based task check may be needed
their security privileges, or in rare cases merely because they’ve
to search and analyze it).
made an enemy of someone with sufficient political clout.
Security Clearance is cancelled if the character is convicted of a
crime, or defects to an enemy government, or commits any other
2.1.21.5 Other Legal Status Issues
major abuse of their security status. Record anything else that’s relevant to the hero or villain’s status,
like official government sanction, employment as a
superhero/villain, membership status in a superhero/villain group,
2.1.21.3 Wanted Status
current prison sentence and prison location for incarcerated
Make a CL save for each new villain. If the save succeeds, the
characters, etc., on the character’s sheet under this heading.
character is currently Wanted. If you choose to make a hero
Wanted, simulate that with the Nemesis and/or Prejudice
Weaknesses. 2.2 Abilities
This section contains the descriptions of each Ability in
A character may be Wanted for any number of reasons, but alphabetical order, followed by descriptions of the various Ability
basically it means that the authorities think the character may Modifiers. Each description explains the basic concept of the

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Ability, then details how it behaves in game terms, such as the
amount of game time required to activate or utilize it (expressed
in turns, action/phases, hours, or ‘inches’ of movement; see 4.1).

Unless otherwise stated, all Ability ranges, distances, area effect


diameters, etc. are expressed in inches, where one inch equals
five feet in game scale. Durations are expressed in rounds where
one round equals ten seconds, or in phases where one phase
equals about one second. Durations expressed in hours refer to
hours of in-game time, not real time.

Some of the parameters of certain Abilities are determined by the


Basic Characteristic scores (BCs) of characters with that Ability. An
abbreviation is used to signify which BC to employ: ST = Strength,
EN = Endurance, AG = Agility, IN = Intelligence, and CL = Cool.

Example: The range of the Devitalization Ray Ability is expressed


as EN x 2. This means that the Ability’s range equals the
character’s Endurance score, times two inches.

2.2.1 Power Requirement


The Ability descriptions also state the amount of Power (see 2.1.8)
the character must expend when activating or utilizing the Ability.
This is called the Ability’s Power Requirement, or PR.

Some Ability descriptions include special notes for handling PR if Cheetah of the Mighty Protectors® superhero team
that Ability is made into Gear, however.
Continual Abilities
You may apply the Gear Modifier (see section 2.2.4) to place an Continual Abilities are always active, and can never be
Ability into a piece of equipment. Parameters such as range, deactivated (though they can be held back: see 4.14.6).
which are normally based on the character’s BCs, may be based
on the character’s Gear BC stat instead when made into Gear. Persistent Abilities
Persistent Abilities can be activated and deactivated at will, but
An Ability’s PR may also be converted to Charges, if desired, by
only while the character is conscious. Unless otherwise stated, it
applying the Charges Modifier. This is especially useful for
takes 1" of movement to activate a Persistent Ability but it can be
simulating super-powered Gear with bullets, batteries, or fuel
deactivated instantly at no movement or action cost. Characters
tanks as well as certain magical items with limited numbers of uses
may not regain any Power through rest (see 4.13.3) while they
per day, but could also apply to personal, innate Abilities which
have any Persistent Abilities active, unless those Persistent abilities
don’t drain the character’s Power but may still only be used a few
have no PR cost and don’t use any charges. For example,
times per day.
suppose a character a with a modified, persistent Flame Aura
(PR=1 per use) is posted as a sentry (with their Flame Aura active)
2.2.2 Activating Abilities outside the players' base. If that character has spent any Power
'Activating' an Ability turns it on. An Ability may only be Used while points, those points won’t come back while their persistent Flame
it’s Active. Aura is active, even if they relax and don’t do anything but sit
there. They must shut off all of their persistent power or charge-
'Using' an Ability means actually applying its effects. For example, using Abilities in order to rest. Persistent Abilities that are active
making an attack constitutes one 'use' of a Power Blast. One 'use' when a character loses consciousness remain active.
of Size Change B) Smaller alters the character's size. Some Abilities
(like Power Blasts) are used momentarily, and must be re-used Voluntary Abilities
each time they're needed. Other Abilities (like Size Change B) Voluntary Abilities can be activated and deactivated at will while
Smaller) remain in use until the character consciously decides to the character is conscious, but deactivate automatically if the
stop using them, or until the Ability is deactivated. Still other character is knocked unconscious. Unless otherwise stated, it
Abilities (like Armor) are always ‘in use’ except when the takes no time to activate or deactivate a Voluntary Ability. It may
character holds them back. take time to "use" an active Voluntary Ability: many attack Abilities
are Voluntary, for example, but all attacks take an action.
Abilities can be Used automatically whenever they're needed, as Characters may not regain any Power through rest (see 4.13.3)
long as they're Active, unless their description specifies that they while they have any Voluntary Abilities active. For example,
take time to Use. A character can also consciously choose to hold suppose a character with Flight sets out flying from New York to
back an Ability (see 4.14.6). London. If she has spent any Power points, those points won’t
come back as long as she's flying. She must stop flying in order to
Every Ability is designated either Continual, Persistent, or
rest.
Voluntary, depending on how it’s activated.

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Deactivating & Withholding Abilities number of CPs Absorbed equals the attack’s total damage roll,
The deactivation of an Ability has no effect on damage or any before deducting the character’s protection.
other effect it produced while it was active, but other external
manifestations of the Ability (for example, an object created with If the character also has Absorption Protection, then they can
Shaping) go away when the Ability is withheld or deactivated. Absorb the same types of damage that they’re protected
against. If not, then choose whether the character can Absorb 2
Abilities function at the character's discretion. For example, a damage sub-types, or one full damage type.
character with Armor vs. Kinetic Damage may hold back that
armor's protection to allow a physician to administer an injection. Example: Straw Man can Absorb flame Energy damage at the
This waiver of protection doesn't require the Armor Ability to be cost of (2.5) CPs. He uses the Absorbed flame damage to buy CPs
deactivated; if the character were simultaneously attacked by a of Flame Aura. For every point of flame Energy damage he
Kinetic attack, their Armor would still protect them. Of course, if Absorbs, he temporarily gains 1 CP of Flame Aura.
they were tricked into holding an Ability back they would have to
Absorption Effect has a PR of 0, and takes no time to use.
deal with the consequences. Similarly, a character may
voluntarily hold back the full force of an attack Ability if they’re
The limit to how many points the character may Absorb depends
concerned about killing their target (see 4.14.6). An Ability can be
on their CPs in Absorption Effect.
withheld at no movement or action cost. A character can keep
withholding an Ability for an extended period if they want. A
CPs Absorption Effect Limit
character may only choose to hold back their Abilities while (0) 0 (all absorbed points dissipate)
they’re conscious. (2.5) 10
(5) 20
(7.5) 23
2.2.3 Ability Descriptions (10) 25
(12.5) 28
(15) 30
ABSORPTION (17.5)
(20)
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35
This Voluntary Ability allows the character to absorb certain (22.5) 38
damage types, rather than being harmed by them, and utilizing (25) 40
the absorbed force to one’s own advantage. (27.5) 43
(30) 45
There are two parts: Absorption Protection and Absorption Effect. (32.5) 48
(35) 50
(37.5) 53
Absorption Protection (40) 55
If the character has a saved action (see 4.2.1), they may use it to (42.5) 58
absorb the points dealt by attacks of certain damage types – (45) 60
voluntarily allowing themselves to be hit, but personally suffering (47.5) 63
only 1/4 damage (rounded down) from the absorbed attack. PR (50) 65
= 0 per use.
Once the character has reached their Absorption Effect limit, any
The number of damage sub-types the character is able to absorb further points they absorb are ignored. All absorbed points
depends on their CPs in Absorption Protection: dissipate within 5 minutes.

CPs Absorption Protection Damage Sub-Types A character with Absorption Protection but no Absorption Effect
(0) none still takes only ¼ damage from attacks they absorb, but they don’t
(5) 1 get any use out of the damage from those attacks. Absorption
(10) 2, or 1 full Damage Type Effect is useless without Absorption Protection.
(15) 3
(20) 4, or 2 full Damage Types
• Absorption Effect Modifier: More (or Fewer) Damage
(25) 5
(30) 6, or 3 full damage types Types
If the character doesn’t have Absorption Protection, you may
Full Damage types cover a broad range of different damage adjust the number of damage types they can Absorb for the
‘sub-types’. For example, Energy includes Heat as well as collowing cost adjustments:
Electricity, Radiation, and Light. Halve the cost of an Absorption
Protection sub-type if it only protects the character from a very CPs Absorption Effect Damage Sub-Types
specific damage source (for example, Bullets instead of Sharp (-2.5) 1
Kinetic, Flames instead of Heat Energy, Lasers instead of Light (0) 2, or 1 full Damage Type
Energy, etc.). (+2.5) 3
(+5) 4, or 2 full Damage Types
(+7.5) 5
Absorption Effect (+10) 6, or 3 full damage types
Absorption Effect is used to temporarily buy CPs of another Ability
when the character is exposed to certain damage types. The
Ability they gain must be specified when this Ability is taken. The

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• Absorption Effect Modifier: Replenishment Poison (Biochemical) (2.5)
Radiation (Energy) (5)
If the Absorbed points go into an Ability that can be damaged or
Sleep Deprivation, i.e. Doesn’t Sleep (Other) (5)
expended (such as Durability or Energy), the character may use Sonics (Kinetic) (5)
Absorption to replenish those points. Starvation, i.e. Doesn’t Eat or Excrete (Other) (2.5)
Time, i.e. Immortality, Doesn’t Age (Other) (2.5)
Example: Putty-Man has 12 Hits, plus up to 30 more Hits from Venom (Biochemical) (2.5)
Absorbing to Durability. He may thus Absorb to a maximum of 42 Vibration (Kinetic) (5)
Hits, and use Absorption to replenish his Hits up to that maximum
of 42. Replenished points don’t dissipate. This Modifier costs (+5) The character takes no damage from the selected damage sub-
CPs. types when they occur as ambient or natural effects. When
encountered as active attacks, the character takes only ½
damage (round down), or gains a bonus of +5 vs. attacks which
• Absorption Effect Modifier: Split Points
require a save. ‘Other’ damage types are an exception:
Absorbed points don’t all have to go to the same place. If you
Adaptation to any ‘Other’ damage type always provides 100%
want, you may split them between two or more Abilities. You must
immunity to its effects.
specify how the absorbed points are split when you choose this
Modifier: equally divided among several Abilities, divided by pre- A character must be Adapted to Asphyxiation, High
established proportions, or N points to the first Ability, then N points Temperatures, Low Pressures, and Radiation at a total cost of (20)
to the second, etc. There is no cost adjustment for absorbing to CPs in order to survive comfortably in outer space.
multiple Abilities.

• Absorption Effect Modifier: Excess Absorption


Something bad happens if the character absorbs points past their ANIMAL/PLANT ABILITIES
limit. Choose among the following options, applying the listed cost
Choose one of the twelve types of animals or plants from the
adjustments:
following table. You may roll a d12 to select an animal or plant
type at random if you wish.
Excess Absorption Effect Cost
All points absorbed from that attack are lost (-5)
The character takes 1 point of damage per excess (-10) Apply the listed Basic Characteristic modifiers for the selected
absorbed point, and then all of the points absorbed animal or plant type to the character’s Basic Characteristics.
from that attack are lost. The character may roll with
this damage. d12 Animal or Plant Type ST EN AG
An explosion occurs, dealing 1 point of damage per (-15) 1 Plant/Fungus +3 +3 -6
excess absorbed point to all targets within a 2 Insect - - -
diameter in inches equal to 1/5 of the number of 3 Mammal - - -
absorbed points, centered on the character. All of 4 Avian -2 -2 +4
the absorbed points from that attack are lost. The 5 Reptile +2 +2 -4
character may not roll with this damage, but others 6 Amphibian +2 +2 -4
may. 7 Arachnid -4 +2 +2
8 One-Celled -4 +2 +2
• Absorption Effect Modifier: Automatic Absorption 9 Crustacean +4 - -4
10 Lower Class -2 +2 -
Absorption Effect may be added to other protection Abilities, 11 Mollusk +2 +2 -4
such as Armor or Force Field, which then absorb points 12 Fish - +4 -4
automatically instead of requiring a saved action. There is no cost
adjustment, simply buy a different protection Ability instead of The character receives several species Abilities, and one species
Absorption Protection. Weakness. The number of species Abilities received depends on
the Power Level of the character’s campaign:
ADAPTATION Power Level Number of Species Ability Rolls
This Continual Ability grants complete immunity to certain Low 2
damage sub-types which can be encountered as naturally- Standard 3
occurring hazards. PR = 0 per round. Choose the effect(s) that the High 4
character is adapted to from the following list:
The character may opt to take more (or fewer) Species Ability rolls,
Adaptation Effects CPs at a CP cost adjustment of (+10) per extra Ability, and (-10) per
Asphyxiation, i.e. Doesn’t Breathe, Resistant to Gas (5) fewer ability, within the bounds of their Ability cap.
(Other)
Blood Loss, i.e. Doesn’t Bleed (Other) (5) Select the species Abilities randomly by rolling 2d6 for each one
Disease (Biochemical) (5) on the appropriate table below, or choose them if preferred.
Drowning, i.e. Breathes Both Air & Water (Other) (2.5)
Electromagnetics (Energy) (5)
The character receives (10) CPs in each species Ability. If the
Gravity (Other) (5)
High Pressure (Kinetic) (5) same Ability is rolled multiple times, re-roll it if the total number of
High Temperatures (Energy) (5) CPs assigned to the ability would exceed the character’s Ability
Low Pressure (Kinetic) (5) cap.
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2d6 Plant/Fungus Abilities* 2d6 Avian Abilities*
2 Shaping, Requires Source (Plants) 2 Summoning (Birds)
3 Duplication 3 Speed
4 Size Change 4 Size Change (Smaller)
5 Grapnel 5 Heightened Intelligence
6 Poison/Venom 6 Flight
7 Natural Weaponry 7 Natural Weaponry
8 Physical Ability 8 Heightened Agility
9 Heightened Endurance 9 Heightened Senses
10 Armor 10 Physical Ability
11 Regeneration 11 Heightened Endurance
12 Speed 12 Heightened Cool
*The character may choose Shaping, Requires Source (Plants) as *The character may choose Flight as a species Ability in place of
a species Ability in place of one of their random rolls. one of their random rolls.

2d6 Insect Abilities* 2d6 Reptile Abilities*


2 Heightened Endurance 2 Speed
3 Heightened Agility 3 Armor
4 Heightened Senses 4 Physical Ability
5 Armor 5 Heightened Strength
6 Flight 6 Heightened Endurance
7 Natural Weaponry 7 Natural Weaponry
8 Poison/Venom 8 Poison/Venom
9 Size Change (Smaller) 9 Size Change
10 Heightened Strength 10 Heightened Senses
11 Physical Ability 11 Flight
12 Summoning (Insects) 12 Summoning (Reptiles)
*The character may choose Heightened Strength as a species *The character may choose Poison/Venom as a species Ability in
Ability in place of one of their random rolls. place of one of their random rolls

2d6 Mammal Abilities* 2d6 Amphibian Abilities*


2 Heightened Strength 2 Heightened Senses
3 Flight 3 Heightened Agility
4 Size Change 4 Poison/Venom
5 Heightened Agility 5 Physical Ability
6 Heightened Senses 6 Grapnel
7 Natural Weaponry 7 Natural Weaponry
8 Speed 8 Adaptation: Drowning (2.5), Hi Pressure (5) and Energy:
9 Heightened Endurance +5 Power (2.5)
10 Physical Ability 9 Heightened Endurance
11 Summoning (Mammals) 10 Speed
12 Heightened Strength 11 Heightened Strength
*The character may choose Heightened Endurance as a species 12 Adaptation: Breathes Air & Water (5), High Pressure (5)
Ability in place of one of their random rolls *Character may take Adaptation: Drowning (2.5), Hi Pressure (5)
and Energy: +5 Power (2.5) in place of one of one random roll.

2d6 Arachnid Abilities*


2 Heightened Strength
3 Physical Ability
4 Summoning (Arachnids)
5 Heightened Agility
6 Grapnel
7 Natural Weaponry
8 Poison/Venom
9 Size Change (Smaller)
10 Heightened Endurance
11 Armor
12 Heightened Senses
*The character may choose Heightened Strength as a species
Ability in place of one of their random rolls.

2d6 One-Celled Organism Abilities*


2 Armor
3 Adaptation: Drowning (2.5), Hi Pressure (5) and Energy:
+5 Power (2.5)
4 Size Change (Smaller)
5 Stretching Abilities
6 Regeneration
7 Duplication
8 Heightened Endurance
Mouser, formerly of the Mighty Protectors® superhero team

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9 Physical Ability Select two Weakness by rolling 2d6 twice on the Animal/Plant
10 Grapnel Weaknesses table. Re-roll duplicates. (-5) CPs must be taken of
11 Poison/Venom each Weakness. You may discard one Weakness by increasing
12 Heightened Agility the other Weakness to (-10) CPs, or discard them both at the cost
*The character may choose Stretching Abilities as a species
of one species Ability:
Ability in place of one of their random rolls.

2d6 Crustacean Abilities* 2d6 Animal/Plant Weaknesses


2 Heightened Agility 2 Uneducated
3 Size Change 3 Poverty
4 Heightened Strength 4 Lowered Intelligence
5 Poison/Venom 5 Special Requirement
6 Heightened Endurance 6 Physical Disability
7 Natural Weaponry 7 Distinctive
8 Adaptation: Drowning (2.5), Hi Pressure (5) and Energy: 8 Psychosis
+5 Power (2.5) 9 Phobia
9 Physical Ability 10 Low Self-Control
10 Armor 11 Diminished Senses
11 Heightened Senses 12 Susceptibility
12 Summoning (Crustaceans)
*The character may choose Armor as a species Ability in place The CP value of Weaknesses received through this Ability increase
of one of their random rolls. the limit on the maximum number of Weakness points the
character is allowed to take (see 2.1.16.3).
2d6 Lower Class Organism Abilities*
2 Grapnel Final Animal/Plant Ability Notes
3 Poison/Venom
The Abilities and Weaknesses the character receives will suggest
4 Size Change (Smaller)
5 Physical Ability an idea of exactly which type of animal or plant the character
6 Regeneration has the Abilities of.
7 Natural Weaponry
8
9
Stretching Abilities
Heightened Endurance
ARMOR
10 Heightened Agility This Continual Ability provides protection against damage from
11 Adaptation: Drowning (2.5), Hi Pressure (5) and Energy: (and improves the character’s saves against) various damage
+5 Power (2.5) types. PR = 0 per round. The amount of protection provided
12 Speed against different damage types may vary:
*The character may choose Regeneration as a species Ability in
place of one of their random rolls. Default Armor Protection:
CPs Total Armor Kinetic/Energy/Bio/Entropy
2d6 Mollusk Abilities* (2.5) 2 1/0/0/1
2 Heightened Agility (5) 3 1/1/0/1
3 Grapnel (7.5) 5 2/1/1/1
4 Heightened Endurance (10) 6 2/1/1/2
5 Armor (12.5) 8 2/2/2/2
6 Adaptation: Drowning (Breathes Air & Water) (2.5), Hi (15) 9 3/2/2/2
Pressure (5) and Energy: +5 Power (2.5) (17.5) 11 3/3/2/3
7 Natural Weaponry (20) 12 3/3/3/3
8 Poison/Venom (22.5) 13 4/3/3/3
9 Physical Ability (25) 14 4/3/3/4
10 Size Change (Smaller) (27.5) 15 4/4/3/4
11 Heightened Senses (30) 16 4/4/4/4
12 Physical Ability (32.5) 17 5/4/4/4
*The character may choose Armor as a species Ability in place (35) 18 5/4/4/5
of one of their random rolls. (37.5) 19 5/5/4/5
(40) 20 5/5/5/5
2d6 Fish Abilities* (42.5) 21 6/5/5/5
2 Summoning (Fish) (45) 22 6/5/5/6
3 Poison/Venom (47.5) 23 6/6/5/6
4 Size Change (50) 24 6/6/6/6
5 Heightened Agility
6 Adaptation: Drowning (2.5), Hi Pressure (5) and Energy: The character’s Total Points must be distributed among Kinetic,
+5 Power (2.5)
Energy, Biochemical, Entropy and/or Psychic protection when this
7 Natural Weaponry
8 Physical Ability Ability is acquired. You may assign these points manually, or simply
9 Speed allocate the 4 Default Armor Protection numbers.
10 Heightened Endurance
11 Heightened Senses Example: Adamite has (20) CPs of Armor (12 Total Points). He
12 Armor could assign the numbers 3, 3, 3 and 3 among Kinetic, Energy,
*Character may take Adaptation: Drowning (5), High Pressure (5) Biochemical, and Entropy protection, or else he could allocate 12
as species Abilities in place of one of their random rolls. points among all five damage types.

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• Armor Modifier: Ablative
The armor protection drops by 1 point each time it’s struck by
damage equal to or greater than its Total Armor (see above), but
only if the damage type is something that it protects against. The
reduction is applied to the armor’s highest protection value,
selected at random if there is a tie. There is a (-5) cost adjustment.

ARSENAL
This Voluntary Ability gives the character a group of Abilities from
which they may choose a subset each time they go on patrol. This
Ability can be used to simulate utility belts, memorization from
spellbooks, etc. PR = 0 per use.

The number of CPs each Ability in the Arsenal can have depends
on their CPs in the Arsenal Ability.

CPs Arsenal Maximum CPs


(7.5) 2.5
(10) 5
(12.5) 7.5
(15) 10
(17.5) 12.5
(20) 15
(22.5) 17.5
(25) 20
(27.5) 22.5
The superhero Bowhunter, with his quiver of special arrows.
(30) 25
(32.5) 27.5
Once an Ability is turned into a 1-charge Arsenal Option, you may
(35) 30
(37.5) 32.5 go back and pay to give it multiple charges again.
(40) 35
(42.5) 37.5 Example: Mind Control has a PR of 8 per use. Mind Control
(45) 40 therefore receives a cost adjustment of (+2.5) when it’s made into
(47.5) 42.5 an Arsenal Option.
(50) 45
‘Using’ an Arsenal (allowing the character to re-select the set of
By default, the character receives 4 Ability Slots and 6 different Abilities they may take on patrol) takes 5 minutes. This doesn’t
‘Options’ - Abilities which they may choose among to fill those include any travel time which may be necessary for the character
slots. to return to their base, where these Abilities are stored.

Example: Knight Owl has a (20) CP Arsenal. Her utility belt has 4 Each time the character increases their CPs in Arsenal, they may
Slots, which she can fill from a set of 6 different Ability Options, re-design all of the Abilities already in their Arsenal.
each of which is worth up to (15) CPs.
Modifiers applied to the overall Arsenal Ability affect the
Each slot in an Arsenal is essentially a “charge”, (see the Charges character’s ability to change up the options they’ve selected for
Modifier, 2.2.4). A cost adjustment must therefore be applied to their Arsenal’s Slots. For example, an Arsenal with a PR of 1 per use
each Ability in the Arsenal, to turn it into a single Charge: costs the character one point of Power each time they re-select
Abilities from their Arsenal.
Original PR Original Charges Cost Adjustment
0 Unlimited (-12.5)
1 24 (-10) • Arsenal Modifier: Mobile
2 12 (-7.5) Apply a cost adjustment of (+5) if the character is able to change
3 8 (-5) their selection of Abilities in their Arsenal in the field, without having
4 6 (-2.5) to return to their base. It still takes 5 minutes to ‘use’ the Arsenal.
5 4 (0)
8 3 (+2.5)
12 2 (+5) • Arsenal Modifier: More (or Fewer) Slots
16 1.5 (+7.5) For a cost adjustment, the character’s Arsenal may contain fewer
24 1 (+10) than 4 Slots, or more than 4.
32 .75 (+12.5)
48 .5 (+15) Cost Adjustment Slots
64 .38 (+17.5) (-5) 1
96 .25 (+20) (-2.5) 2
(0) 4
The character gets 1 Charge of each Ability Option per Slot they (+2.5) 8
place it in. (+5) 24

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• Arsenal Modifier: More (or Fewer) Options back toward their physical body along the Silver Cord at its top
For a cost adjustment, the character’s Arsenal may contain fewer possible speed.
than 6 Options, or more than 6.
Falling to sleep and releasing the astral body takes 1 minute, but
it only takes 1" of movement to re-enter the physical body at the
Cost Adjustment Options
(-5) 2 end of an Astral journey.
(-2.5) 3
(0) 6 PR = 5. The PR for this Ability includes any Power normally regained
(+2.5) 12 during sleep. The character’s CPs in Astral Projection determine
(+5) 36 their Astral flight speed:

• Arsenal Modifiers: Split Slots & Options CPs Astral Projection Flight Speed
(2.5) 24” (8 mph)
You may ‘split’ slots and options in two, at the cost of reducing the
(5) 32” (11 mph)
CPs in each of those slots or options by 5. You may do this any (7.5) 48” (16 mph)
number of times per slot and option, and on any number of slots (10) 64” (21 mph)
or options, so long as each slot and option still has at least (2.5) (12.5) 96” (33 mph)
CPs. A slot may hold any options that don’t exceed its point limit (15) 128” (44 mph)
(i.e., you may put a 5-point option in a 10-point slot, but you may (17.5) 192” (65 mph)
not put a 10-point option in a 5-point slot). There is no cost (20) 256” (87 mph)
(22.5) 384” (131mph)
adjustment.
(25) 512” (174 mph)
(27.5) 768” (261 mph)
Example: Gadfly has 4 Arsenal slots and 6 options, each of which (30) 1024” (348 mph)
is worth (15) CPs. He can split 1 slot into 2 slots worth (10) CPs each, (32.5) 1536” (522 mph)
and another slot into 4 slots worth (5) CPs each, leaving him with (35) 2048” (697 mph)
two 15-point slots. He may similarly split some of his six 15-point (37.5) 3072” (1045 mph)
options into options worth (5) or (10) CPs apiece, in order to fill his (40) 4096” (1393 mph)
(42.5) 6144” (2090 mph)
Arsenal with Abilities that will ‘fit’ his smaller slots.
(45) 8192” (2786 mph)
(47.5) 12288” (4197 mph)
(50) 16384” (5572 mph)

ASTRAL PROJECTION Refer to the description of Non-Corporealness for other details.


This Persistent Ability enables a character’s intangible ‘essence’ to
leave their physical body. In effect, Astral Projection gives the
character a form of Non-Corporealness (see below) with the
limitation that you must leave your physical body behind. Astral BASE
characters can only become corporeal again by re-entering their Bases are constructed using the Vehicle rules, but with a cost
physical body. adjustment of (-15) because their ability to move is strictly limited.

The physical body and the Astral body share the same Hits and A base may have movement systems, but if a base moves it may
Power, and have all of the same Abilities (even their personal only do so along a pre-determined path (for example, a train on
Gear is Astrally duplicated). The character can’t bring anything a scheduled route along a track, an orbiting satellite, etc.).
else with them when they become Astral. Movement systems in bases which only affect things inside the
base (such as a teleporter that can send people elsewhere) don’t
An Astral body is also Invisible to normal light and audible sounds. suffer this limitation.
The Astral character may become visible and audible at will, and
they may only speak (or make any other kind of noise) when
they’re visible.

While they’re Astral, the character's body falls into a coma and
CHEMICAL ABILITIES
The character gains the Abilities of the chemical element,
hovers at the brink of death. It’s safe enough if it's not disturbed,
compound, or mixture of their choice. There are two broad
but if the character's Astral form fails to return within a month, the
categories of Chemical Ability. Choose from among the following
physical body dies. If the body is attacked while the Astral form is
Abilities:
away, it’s treated as an unconscious and immobile target. Since
the body and Astral form share Hits, the character can feel any
damage taken by their physical body while they’re Astral. The A) Chemical Blast
character must also return to their body to eat, etc. If their physical This Voluntary standard attack Ability gives the character the
body is killed, the character dies. power to spray a corrosive chemical from their hands, mouth, etc.
at a range of up to ST”, dealing Biochemical damage to a single
The character has a 'Silver Cord' or other navigational aid which target. This takes an action, and has a PR of 2 per use. The amount
only they can see, that always shows them the route back to their of damage dealt by this chemical blast depends on the
body. If the character’s astral body is knocked unconscious or character’s CPs in Chemical Blast:
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Biochemical Chemical blasts don’t cause with a range of 10 miles. One of these can be lent to another
CPs Damage Roll knockback. They can be character, enabling the two to communicate (or ignore each
(-10) d3+1 used as a Counterblast other’s attempts to communicate, and break off
(-7.5) d6+1 against other biochemical communications) at will, as long as they’re in range and neither
(-5) 2d4
attacks and against attacks party is in an area where radio signals are blocked. This is a
(-2.5) d4+d6
(0) 2d6 involving physical projectiles Persistent Ability. It takes no time to activate or use a
(2.5) d6+d8 (see 4.14.5). Communicator. Communicators have a battery allowing up to 12
(5) 2d8 1-hour charges of continuous use. They are Gear (see 2.2.4) by
(7.5) d8+d10 default, usually consisting of either an all-in-one handset that clips
(10) 2d10 to the character’s belt or a loose headset. Communicators come
(12.5) d10+d12
with a small range of channels.
(15) 2d12
(17.5) 3d8
(20) 2d8+d10 Characters with Communicators can attempt to avoid having
(22.5) d8+2d10 their messages intercepted by communicating on obscure
(25) 3d10 B) Chemical Body channels. This must be arranged in advance with other
(27.5) 2d10+d12 The character can cover characters they wish to privately communicate with. Once this
(30) d10+2d12 themselves with a corrosive has been arranged, anyone else with compatible
(32.5) 3d12 Ability Field (see 2.2.4). This communications gear (i.e., audio to audio, overlapping ranges,
(35) 3d12+1
Voluntary Ability takes one etc.) must make an IN-based task check to identify and listen in
(37.5) 3d12+2
(40) 4d10 action to activate and PR = 2 to the selected channel.
(42.5) 3d10+d12 per use (whether that use
(45) 2d10+2d12 involves defense, an attack, Communicator Modifiers
(47.5) d10+3d12 or one round of passive Additional CPs can be used to give the Communicators special
(50) 4d12 damage). abilities, or CPs may be saved by giving the Communicators
limitations.
CPs Chemical Body Biochemical Damage Roll
(-10) d3
• Communicators Modifier: Beacon
(-5) d4
(0) d6 Each Communicator can be used to send out a signal to all of the
(5) d6+1 other Communicators of the same set, telling characters with
(10) d8+1 those Communicators the user’s precise location. There is a cost
(15) d10+1 adjustment of (+5) CPs.
(20) 2d6
(25) d6+d8
(30) 2d8 • Communicators Modifier: Decryption
(35) d8+d10 The Communicators can be used to analyze encrypted signals,
(40) 2d10 allowing their users to make task checks to comprehend
(45) d10+d12 encrypted communications. This Modifier may be taken multiple
(50) 2d12
times, yielding a bonus of +3 on decryption task checks for each
(+2.5) CP cost adjustment.

• Communicators Modifier: Encrypted


It requires a skill check using specialized knowledge of
cryptography in order for anyone listening in from a different set
of communicators to comprehend the signals sent by these.
Encryption can be taken multiple times, yielding a difficulty
modifier of -3 for each additional (+2.5) CP cost adjustment.

• Communicators Modifier: Extra Channels


The Communicators have more channels to choose from. Anyone
attempting to scan for signals sent by these communicators
suffers a difficulty penalty of -3 per (+2.5) CP cost adjustment.

• Communicators Modifier: GPS


The Communicators always know their exact longitude and
latitude when on the Earth, and can display or transmit that
information on demand. There is a cost adjustment of (+2.5) CPs.
For (+5) CPs, this Ability works on any planet.
Chem of the Crime Students is covered in a layer of acid.
• Communicators Modifier: Interdimensional
COMMUNICATORS The Communicators are able to connect between different
For an initial cost of (5) CPs, the character has communications dimensions. There is a cost adjustment of (+5) CPs.
gear consisting of a pair of ‘hands-free’ audio communicators

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• Communicators Modifier: Internet Access • Communicators Modifier: Requires Cell Towers
The Communicators are able to access the internet, browse the There is a (-5) cost adjustment if the communicators can’t work in
web and access web-based services. There is a cost adjustment remote areas, in space or on other planets.
of (+2.5) CPs.
• Communicators Modifier: Scanning
• Communicators Modifier: Adjusted Range The Communicators can scan for signals over a wide range of
The Communicators work at much greater (or shorter) distances. channels, allowing their users to make task checks to intercept
The new range depends on how many times this Special Feature signals from other sets of Communicators. There is a cost
is taken: adjustment of (+2.5) CPs. This Special Feature may be taken
multiple times, yielding a bonus of +3 on scanning task checks for
CPs Communicator Range each (+2.5) additional CPs.
(-12.5) 20 feet (4”)
(-10) 60 feet (12”)
• Communicators Modifier: Single Communicator
(-7.5) 250 feet (50”)
(-5) ¼ mile The character has only one communicator, and therefore can’t
(-2.5) 1.5 miles ‘loan out’ a second one to people of their choosing. They are
(+0) 10 miles limited to communicating with others who already have their own
(+2.5) 80 miles communications gear. Problems may arise due to differences in
(+5) 700 miles radio channels, audio vs video, and so on. There is a cost
(+7.5) 7000 miles
adjustment of (-5).
(+10) 80,000 miles
(+12.5) 1 million miles
(+15) 12 million miles • Communicators Modifier: Sub-Space
(+17.5) 170 million miles The range of a sub-space communicator is rated in light-years
(+20) 2.5 trillion miles
rather than miles (so it gets a 10 light year range automatically,
(+22.5) 7 light years
and buying the Long Range special feature increases that to 80,
700, etc. light years). Sub-space communicators may only be
• Communicators Modifier: Miniaturized
used when in the vacuum of space, however. There is a cost
The communicators are small, and more easily planted as bugs.
adjustment of (+5) CPs.
Anyone attempting to search for one of these communicators
when it has been hidden suffers a difficulty penalty of -3 per (+2.5)
• Communicators Modifier: Texting
CPs.
The Communicators support silent transmission of text. This can be
very useful when attempting to communicate while hiding. Text
• Communicators Modifier: No Audio
can only be intercepted by other Communicators that support
The Communicators lack the ability to transmit audio signals.
Text. There is a cost adjustment of (+2.5) CPs.
There is a (-5) cost adjustment.

• Communicators Modifier: Tracking


• Communicators Modifier: Not Gear
The Communicators can be used to ‘home in’ on any other
The Communicators can’t be broken, disarmed or taken away
Communicators, but only while those Communicators are
during combat. They may take the form of an implant, a mental
transmitting, and only if the correct channel is known. The
ability, etc. There is a cost adjustment of (+5) CPs.
character must make an IN-based task check to pinpoint the
other Communicator’s location. A bonus of +3 applies to Tracking
• Communicators Modifier: One-Way attempts for each extra (+2.5) CPs of Tracking that are taken.
If the communicators only function in one direction (each one in
the set only transmitting or receiving), there is a cost adjustment • Communicators Modifier: Unblockable
of (-2.5). You must specify which of the communicators only
Communicators with this Modifier are able to penetrate either
transmit, and which ones only receive.
physical barriers or energy fields (pick one) which normally block
radio communications. There is a cost adjustment of (+5) CPs. For
• Communicators Modifier: Pre-Set Channels a total of (+10) CPs, they can penetrate both.
The Communicators may have one or more channels pre-set, in
order to monitor things such as Police Band, local news, etc. There • Communicators Modifier: Unlimited Battery
is no cost adjustment, but each pre-set channel reduces the
The Communicators have unlimited battery life. There is a cost
number of channels available for private communications,
adjustment of (+5) CPs.
granting others a +1 difficulty modifier when attempting to tune
into your private communications.
• Communicators Modifier: Video
The Communicators support transmission and reception of black
• Communicators Modifier: Recording
& white video for (+2.5) CPs. For (+5) CPs, the video is in full color.
The Communicators can record all of the transmissions that
Video can’t be intercepted by Communicators that don’t
they’ve been tuned into. Recordings are stored indefinitely (even
support Video.
if the battery runs out), and can be played back or transmitted to
compatible Communicators at will. There is a cost adjustment of
(+2.5) CPs.

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Example: Doctor Killjoy is a Standard power level character, with
COMPANION 150 character points. Spending 5 CPs on their Companion Ability
The character has a companion: a familiar, a minion, a pet,
gives them a companion (‘Spoilsport’) with 150-40=110 CPs, plus
employee, servant, or sidekick. The Companion is a Continual
up to (-20) CPs from Weaknesses.
Ability, PR = 0 per hour.
The Companion’s BC and Ability caps, average damage cap,
Companions are constructed with Character Points like any other
Gear BCs, etc. are all determined from the number of CPs they’re
character. The number of CPs the Companion gets equals the
constructed from.
main character’s own total points, with a modifier depending on
their CPs in this Ability: After the initial purchase, Companions improve by (+1) CP per
experience point earned by the main character. The character
CPs Companion Points* may also spend their earned experience to buy more CPs of
(-2.5) -185
Companion, of course.
(0) -105
(2.5) -65
(5) -45 Companions are controlled by the main character’s player, or by
(7.5) -35 the GM if the main character is an NPC.
(10) -30
(12.5) -27.5 If a Companion is killed (or irretrievably lost), the character can
(15) -25 replace them within a week to a month of in-game time.
(17.5) -22.5
(20) -20
(22.5) -17.5 COSMIC AWARENESS
(25) -15 This Voluntary Ability attunes a character's mind to the cosmos,
(27.5) -12.5 allowing them to ask the GM yes/no questions about anything
(30) -10
going on anywhere (and at any time) in the Multiverse.
(32.5) -8.5
(35) -7.5
(37.5) -6.5 Cosmic Awareness attempts take one action. PR = 12 per
(40) -5 question, and the character must make a task check based on
(42.5) -4.5 their CL:
(45) -4.5
(47.5) -4 CPs CL Save Difficulty
(50) -3.5 (0) -10
(52.5) -3.5 (2.5) -9
(55) -3 (5) -8
(57.5) -3 (7.5) -7
(60) -2.5 (10) -6
*Add this to the main character’s character point total to find the (12.5) -5
Companion’s total points. The Companion may also take up to (15) -4
(20) additional CPs in Weaknesses. (17.5) -3
(20) -2
(22.5) -1
(25) 0
(27.5) +1
(30) +2
(32.5) +3
(35) +4
(37.5) +5
(40) +6
(42.5) +7
(45) +8
(47.5) +9
(50) +10

The difficulty of a Cosmic Awareness check depends on how far


away the answer lies, and how well hidden it is. The GM consults
the following tables.

Where can the answer be found? Pick the lowest difficulty that
applies.

Location Difficulty
same building +9
same neighborhood +5
Mammoth with his trusted minion, Harvey 'Heater' Jenkins. same town or city +1
same state, territory, province, or ethnic region -3
same country -6
same planet -8

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same solar system -9 • Cosmic Awareness Modifier: One-Word Answer
same galaxy -10
For a cost adjustment of (+5), the GM answers the question with
same dimension -11
another dimension -12 the most appropriate single word they can think of, instead of
being limited to just ‘yes’ and ‘no’.
Example: if Dr. Cosmos wants to know whether The Matador is still
alive, and The Matador is somewhere in the same city that Dr. • Cosmic Awareness Modifier: One Sentence Answer
Cosmos is, his base difficulty is +1. For a cost adjustment of (+10), the GM answers the question with
a complete sentence, instead of being limited to just ‘yes’ and
How well hidden is the answer? Add the following modifier to the ‘no’.
Location difficulty.
• Cosmic Awareness Modifier: Full Answer
Obscurity Description Difficulty
Obvious the answer is right out in the open at +0 For a cost adjustment of (+20), the GM answers the question in
its location detail, instead of being limited to just ‘yes’ and ‘no’. The character
Hidden the answer is hidden, either on -4 is also allowed one yes/no follow-up question.
purpose or accidentally
the answer can no longer be found -8
anywhere in the Multiverse CYBERNETICS
Future answer doesn’t yet exist -12 The character has mechanical replacement or supplemental
body parts. Roll for 3 other Abilities (any combination of Attacks,
Continuing our example, if The Matador has been imprisoned by Defenses, and Miscellaneous Abilities), and select 2 of them
the Four Fiends, then whether he’s still alive or not is "hidden" (-4), (discarding the third). Each of the selected Abilities get half of the
bringing Dr. Cosmos' total difficulty to -3. CPs assigned at the character’s Power Level: Low = (5) CPs per
Ability, Standard = (10) CPs, and High = (15) CPs, and also gets the
The character can also improve their chances by increasing the Gear (-5) Limitation.
fumble threshold. This simulates going into a deeper trance, the
character stretching their mind beyond any safe limits. Normally a Example: Robin is generating a Standard power level cyborg. She
fumble only occurs if they roll as indicated in the Task rules (see randomly rolls Lightning Control, Invulnerability, and Shaping. She
section 3.0). They may increase the risk of a fumble, so that it may decides to drop the Shaping, leaving the other two Abilities with
occur if they roll 19+. This decreases the difficulty by two. If they (10) CPs plus a (-5) CP cost Gear Modifier.
accept the risk of a fumble on a roll of 18+, the difficulty is reduced
by four - and so on.

Cosmic Awareness checks are always made secretly by the GM.

If the check is successful, the GM answers the character’s


question accurately. If the check is a simple failure, the GM gives
the character a random answer: ‘yes’ if the die roll was even, ‘no’
if the die roll was odd. On a critical success, the GM gives the
character a little more than just a ‘yes’ or ‘no’. If the check is a
fumble, the character must roll again.

If the second check is successful, the character gets a random


answer (see above) and falls into a trance; they fall unconscious
(see 4.8.4) and normal wake-up chances apply. If it’s a simple
failure the character gets no answer, falls into a trance, and loses
another 12 Power. On a critical success, they fall into a trance but
get an accurate yes/no answer. If the check is a fumble the
character falls into a coma (the same as a trance, but their Hits
are also reduced to 0) as well as losing Power, and they must roll
again.

If the third check is a success, the character gets no answer and


suffers from terrible nightmares for several weeks. If it’s a failure the
character gets no answer, suffers nightmares, and attracts the
unwanted attention of some cosmic being related to the question
that was asked. On a critical success, the character attracts the
attention of a benevolent cosmic being, who gives them a
correct answer. If the check is a fumble the character gets no
answer, attracts the attention of an inimical cosmic being, and
acquires (-5) CPs of a psychological Weakness related to the
question that was asked.

The cybernetic villain known as Borg.

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DARKNESS CONTROL DEATH TOUCH
The character can dampen certain sensory stimuli within an area, The character can kill living things simply by touching them. Death
at a range of up to AGx2”. This Voluntary Ability reduces the Touch is a standard Physical Entropy attack. This Voluntary Ability
affected senses of characters within the affected area (or operates at melee range. The amount of damage inflicted
attempting to sense things within it) by two levels: Analytical depends on the character’s CPs in Death Touch. Entropy
senses are reduced to Basic level, while Full and Basic level senses protection reduces the damage taken, but victims may not ‘roll
are reduced to nothing. The character is immune to the effects of with’ any of the damage that penetrates their protection. If the
their own Darkness. Death Touch damage that gets through reduces the victim’s Hits
to 0, they must make an EN save – and if this save fails, the victim
Levels of Darkness and Glare cancel each other out, when they dies instantly. Death Touch doesn’t cause Knockback. PR=12 per
affect the same senses. use.

The character must choose which specific senses this Ability CPs Entropy Damage Roll
blocks. Refer to the Heightened Senses Ability for a list of types of (2.5) d2-1
senses and their descriptions. The PR to create an area of (5) 1
‘darkness’, and the PR per round to maintain it, depends on the (7.5) d2
(10) d3
number of sensory stimuli which the character’s Darkness Ability
(12.5) d4
can block:
(15) d6
(17.5) d6+1
Senses PR Cost (20) d8+1
1 1 (22.5) d10+1
2 2 (25) 2d6
3 3 (27.5) d6+d8
4 4 (30) 2d8
5 5 (32.5) d8+d10
8 8 (35) 2d10
12 12 (37.5) d10+d12
16 16 (40) 2d12
24 24 (42.5) 3d8
(45) 2d8+d10
It takes an action to set up an area of Darkness. Once created, (47.5) d8+2d10
Darkness stays up until the character stops it (by no longer paying (50) 3d10
its PR cost), or moves out of range, or falls unconscious. The
character doesn’t have to spend another action unless they want DENSITY CHANGE
to re-shape the Darkness.
The character can change the atomic density of their physical
body. Typically, the character chooses either Density Increase or
The maximum diameter of the area the character can fill with
Density Decrease when this Ability is taken, but optionally they
Darkness depends on their CPs in Darkness.
may take some of each.
CPs Diameter
(5) 1” A) Density Increase
(10) 3” The character’s body becomes denser, giving them physical
(15) 5” protection while dense as well as an increase in ST, but with the
(20) 9”
side-effect of increasing their weight (and thus, their mass roll) at
(25) 15”
(30) 23” the same time. This increased weight is helpful in resisting
(35) 33” Knockback, but can be disadvantageous in other ways.
(40) 45”
(45) 59” Density Increase is a Persistent Ability, which takes an action to
(50) 75” activate and has a PR of 2 per round.

• Darkness Control Modifier: Basic Darkness The amount of physical protection and ST the character gains
For a cost adjustment of (-5), the character’s Darkness only when they “dense up”, as well as the weight multiplier, depends
reduces the senses it affects by one rank. Analytical senses are on their CPs in Density Increase:
reduced to Full, while Full senses are reduced to Basic and Basic
senses are completely blocked. CPs Protection* ST Weight Equivalent Material**
(0) 1/1/0/1 +0 x1 SR 0 / water
(2.5) 2/1/1/1 +2 x1 SR 1 / clay
• Darkness Control Modifier: Full Darkness (5) 2/1/1/2 +3 x2 SR 2 / rubber
For a cost adjustment of (+10), the character’s Darkness reduces (7.5) 2/2/2/2 +5 x3 SR 3 / quartz
the senses it affects by three ranks. Affected senses of all levels (10) 3/2/2/2 +6 x4 SR 4 / bone
are blocked completely. (12.5) 3/2/3/3 +7 x5 SR 5 / brick
(15) 3/3/3/3 +8 x6 SR 6 / brick
(17.5) 4/3/3/3 +9 x7 SR 7 / marble
(20) 4/3/4/3 +9 x8 SR 8 / lead
(22.5) 4/3/4/4 +10 x9 SR 9 / bronze

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(25) 4/4/4/4 +10 x10 SR 10 / iron (25) 3d12+1
(27.5) 5/4/4/4 +11 x11 SR 11 / steel (27.5) 3d12+2
(30) 5/4/5/4 +11 x12 SR 12 / tungsten (30) 4d10
(32.5) 5/4/5/5 +11 x13 SR 13 / titanium (32.5) 3d10+d12
(35) 5/5/5/5 +11 x14 SR 14 / (35) 2d10+2d12
(37.5) 6/5/5/5 +12 x15 SR 15 / super alloy (37.5) d10+3d12
(40) 6/5/6/5 +12 x16 SR 16 / (40) 4d12
(42.5) 6/5/6/6 +12 x17 SR 17 / (42.5) 4d12+1
(45) 6/6/6/6 +12 x18 SR 18 / diamond (45) 5d10
(47.5) 7/6/6/6 +12 x19 SR 19 / (47.5) 4d10+d12
(50) 7/6/7/6 +12 x20 SR 20 / adamantium (50) 3d10+2d12
*These Protection values apply to Kinetic, Energy, Biochemical,
and Entropy damage, respectively.
DIMENSIONAL TRAVEL
**Refer to the Structural Rating table (see section 5.1) for This is the ability to travel between parallel dimensions, bringing as
additional examples. Note that a character whose density is much cargo along as they can carry. The cargo capacity of
equivalent to a particular material doesn’t necessarily receive the Dimensional Travel Gear depends on its Gear BC. Dimensional
Structural Rating of that material. They receive the Protection Travel takes only 1” of movement to use. PR varies, depending on
listed in the table above, as well as extra Hits by virture of their how many dimensions the character can visit, and what types
increased ST. (see below).

• Density Increase Modifier: Adjustable Density Point of Arrival


There is a (+5) CP cost adjustment if the character is able to Where the character appears when they travel to another
assume any density level up to the amount purchased. dimension - and where they return to - is a moving point under the
GM’s control, based on a rationale which must be chosen when
the character is created. Wherever the character is ‘most
B) Density Decrease
needed’, for example, or wherever the GM decides that the
The character’s body becomes less dense, reducing their weight.
needs of the story requires, or a safe location within line of sight of
This Persistent Ability costs (2.5) CPs if the character can simply
their goal, etc.
reduce their own weight (to as little as one gram), or (5) CPs if they
become completely weightless. It takes only movement to There are four basic varieties of Dimensional Travel (see below).
activate this Ability, and the PR is 0 per round.
Local Rules
C) Desolidification The natural or imposed laws of certain dimensions may restrict (or
If the character is able to reduce their density to the point of enhance) the use of the character’s Abilities (including their
becoming intangible, they should take Non-Corporealness. Dimensional Travel Abilities). For example, those who travel to the
Interdimensional Library are obliged to appear upon its Reception
DEVITALIZATION RAY World (at the tail end of a very long line of visitors), even if their
Dimensional Travel Ability would normally allow them to appear
Devitalization is a standard Voluntary attack Ability, dealing
elsewhere, until they receive authorization from the Library’s
Entropy damage with a range of ENx2”, PR = 3 per use.
administration. Dimensions which don’t support the use of super
This attack causes damage to a target’s Power. Protection Abilities will trap any Dimensional Travelers who appear there.
Abilities reduce the amount of Power damage taken, but rolling Similarly, characters who travel to dimensions where the physical
with a Devitalization attack obviously has no effect. Once a laws dictate that all intelligent beings can fly will acquire that
target’s Power is gone, this attack can no longer affect them. Ability for the duration of their stay.
Devitalization Rays don’t cause Knockback.
Dimensional Navigation
The amount of Power damage inflicted by a character’s It’s possible for a character to become lost, and not know what
Devitalization Ray depends on their CPs in it: dimension they’re in relative to other dimensions that they’re
familiar with. Each day of exploration, a character who doesn’t
CPs Devitalization Damage Roll know what dimension they’re in can attempt an IN-based
(-10) 2d6 dimensional navigation task check at a difficulty of -12 to figure it
(-7.5) d6+d8 out.
(-5) 2d8
(-2.5) d8+d10 The character may Push (see 5.5) to gain a +2 bonus on their
(0) 2d10
dimensional navigation task check.
(2.5) d10+d12
(5) 2d12
(7.5) 3d8 A) Single Dimension Travel
(10) 2d8+d10 This type of Dimensional Travel only allows the character to travel
(12.5) d8+2d10
to (and return to the primary campaign dimension from) one
(15) 3d10
(17.5) 2d10+d12 particular dimension. Hyper-Space for example, or Chronangeles,
(20) d10+2d12 or Olympus, or an alternate dimension paralleling a particular
(22.5) 3d12 time in history, or a particular alternate world (ReichWorld,

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Wonderland, etc.). The dimension must be specified when this This is a Voluntary Ability. There is a PR of 8 per Time Travel attempt.
Ability is taken. Single Dimension Travel is a Voluntary Ability, and The intended destination must be specified, and then the
has a PR of 4 per use. This Ability costs (10) CPs. character must make a Routine (+2) dimensional navigation task
check. There is a difficulty modifier of -6 if the character has never
B) Multiple Dimension Travel been to that time period before. If the check fails, or if the
This type of Dimensional Travel allows the character to travel to character didn’t know which dimension they were starting in,
(and return to the primary campaign dimension from) any of a consult the table below.
small set of specific dimensions, such as the worlds of Norse
Error Margin Result
mythology (Asgard, Valhalla, Hel, and Midgard) or the worlds of
1 to 4 Plus or minus 2d12 hours
author Edgar Rice Burroughs (Barsoom, Caspak, Pellucidar, etc.).
5 to 7 Plus or minus a d100 days
The set of dimensions must be specified when this Ability is taken. 8 or 9 Plus or minus a d10 years
Multiple Dimension Travel is a Voluntary Ability, and has a PR of 5 10 Plus or minus a d100 years
per use. This Ability costs (20) CPs. 11 Plus or minus a d20 x a d100 years
12+ Wrong World!*
*The character is stranded somewhere that isn’t a parallel of any
C) Time Travel specific time period in the history of the primary campaign
This type of Dimensional Travel allows the character to travel to dimension (though not anywhere that would instantly be fatal to
(and return to the primary campaign dimension from) any parallel an unprotected human). The GM can have fun creating this
dimensions that mimic specific time periods in the history of the random world! Time Travel won’t get the character back home
primary campaign dimension. These destinations aren’t the again. Finding a way (requiring space or Dimensional Travel or
actual past or the real future, and so history can’t be altered nor both) will be quite an adventure in itself.
can the absolute future be foreseen by going there. This Ability
costs (30) CPs.

D) Alternate Dimension Travel in a random dimension instead (though never anywhere that
would instantly be fatal to an unprotected human).
This type of Dimensional Travel enables the character to travel to
and from any dimension that doesn’t imitate a specific time
This is a Voluntary Ability, with a PR of 12 per Alternate Dimension
period in the history of the primary campaign dimension.
Travel attempt. This Ability costs (40) CPs.
The character may describe their intended destination in as much
or as little detail as he desires. Any details the character leaves
The Astral Plane
out are up to the GM. The character must then make a Routine The Astral Plane is a dimension which overlaps with our own.
(+2) dimensional navigation task check. There is a difficulty Characters who travel to the Astral Plane gain all of the benefits
modifier of -6 if the character has never been to the target of the Astral Projection Ability (with an Astral Flight speed equal to
dimension before. If the check fails, or if the character didn’t know their own Move or travel Ability, whichever is better), but their
which dimension they were starting in, or if the GM decrees that physical body travels with them. They don’t need a Silver Cord,
the dimension described doesn’t exist, the character winds up lost but they can only become corporeal again by leaving the Astral
Plane.

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• Dimension Travel Modifiers: Destination Control Characters can freely move back and forth through a
The character can gain more control over where they arrive by Dimensional gate until it closes.
applying one or more of the following options:
If the gateway is generated by Gear, then add any extra Power
required for larger gates to its PR per use.
Cost
Alternate Point of Arrival Rules Adjustment
Fixed Points: A limited number of fixed points (0) • Dimensional Gate Modifier: See-Through
(either memorized or discovered). The There is a cost adjustment of (+5) if senses can penetrate the
character starts with 1 fixed point in each
Gate.
dimension they know of. The locations of these
initial points must be specified immediately. The
character may purchase additional fixed DISINTEGRATION
points (which they may place at any location
The character can vaporize solids and liquids. Disintegration is an
they occupy at that time) at a cost of 1 CP
apiece. Example: the base of the steps to the “Other” damage type: it can only be blocked by Invulnerability
Throne of Olympus. to Disintegration. This type of attack doesn’t cause Knockback.
Same Coordinates: The character appears at (+5)
the same geographic coordinates in the A) Disintegration Ray
destination world that they departed from in
The character can Disintegrate at a distance. This Voluntary
the world they left. In space, the character
appears at the same position relative to the standard attack Ability has a ST” range, PR=2 per shot. Each point
local star and planet of interest. Since planet of Disintegration damage scored against inanimate objects
and solar system sizes may vary, using this destroys 1 hit point of material regardless of the structural rating of
Ability to ‘teleport’ by way of an intermediate the target substance. For example, 5 points of Disintegration
dimension requires a Challenging (-2) damage creates a hole 1 foot wide by 6 inches deep (see 5.1)
dimensional navigation task check.
regardless of the target’s SR.
Visited Places: This allows the character to (+10)
travel to any place in the target dimension
where they’ve already been. Curiously, living things struck with Disintegration energy don’t
Anywhere: This allows the character to travel to (+15) vaporize - they merely ‘disrupt’, taking full damage from the
any place in the target dimension that they attack, but not actually disintegrating until they’re no longer
want. living.

• Dimension Travel Modifier: Dimensional Navigator CPs Disintegration Damage Roll


Characters gain a bonus of +3 on dimensional navigation task (-5) d3
(-2.5) d4
checks for each (+2.5) cost adjustment.
(0) d6
(2.5) d6+1
• Dimensional Travel Modifier: Gateway (5) 2d4
Instead of their interdimensional cargo capacity being limited by (7.5) d4+d6
their own carrying capacity, the character can create an (10) 2d6
(12.5) d6+d8
immobile gate 5' wide x 5' tall (a 1" square). Creating a gate takes
(15) 2d8
one action. There is no cost adjustment for this Modifier. (17.5) d8+d10
(20) 2d10
The gate actually consists of two separate ‘gateways’. One must (22.5) d10+d12
be created directly adjacent to the character, while the other is (25) 2d12
placed according to the rules governing the character’s point of (27.5) 3d8
arrival (see above). (30) 2d8+d10
(32.5) d8+2d10
(35) 3d10
Both gateways are bi-directional, meaning you can enter a gate
(37.5) 2d10+d12
from either side and emerge from the corresponding side of the
(40) d10+2d12
other gate. Senses don’t penetrate Dimensional Gates, however. (42.5) 3d12
(45) 3d12+1
Each gateway may be created at any angle: vertical like a (47.5) 3d12+2
normal door, horizontally like a trap door, or at any angle in (50) 4d10
between.
Disintegration can be used as a Counterblast against any attacks
The diameter of the gateways can be increased by 1" per point which involve physical projectiles (see 4.14.5).
of extra Power spent when they’re opened. Both gateways are
always the same size. B) Disintegration Field
The character can surround themself with a Disintegration Ability
The gateway lasts until the end of the round in which it was Field (see the Ability Field Modifier in section 2.2.4). This is a
opened, and then it closes instantly – unless some obstruction (a Voluntary Ability. It takes an action to activate the Disintegration
character or object) is placed within it. A dimensional portal won’t Field (but no time to deactivate it) and PR = 1 per use (whether
close while it’s obstructed. it’s used for defense, an attack, or one round of passive damage).

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CPs Disintegration Field Damage Roll The character’s BC and Ability caps, average damage cap, Gear
(-10) d2 BCs, etc. are all determined from the number of CPs the
(-5) d3 character has left after paying for their Duplication Ability and its
(0) d4 Modifiers.
(5) d6
(10) d6+1
Duplicates appear 1” (5’) away the original. They share the
(15) d8+1
(20) d10+1 original’s Initiative roll, and may move immediately, but they can’t
(25) 2d6 perform actions until the following turn.
(30) d6+d8
(35) 2d8 All of the copies share a single mind, instantly knowing what each
(40) d8+d10 of the other Duplicates (and the original) know (as per Telepathy,
(45) 2d10 Verbal & Indirect, but only with each other). Only the original
(50) d10+d12
earns experience points, and each duplicate gets the exact
same benefit when they’re spent.

Each of the duplicates inherits the same number of Hits, Power,


Charges, etc. as the original had at the moment when they split.

The duplicates can ‘merge’ at will. When they merge, all of the
duplicates but one disappear. The character must choose which
duplicate remains. The remaining duplicate receives the highest
number of Hits that any of the merged duplicates possessed, but
their Power and charges equal the lowest number of charges and
Power points that any of the duplicates possessed.

DURABILITY
The character has extra Hits. The number of extra Hits the
character receives equals their CPs in this Ability. Durability is
Continual.

EMOTION CONTROL
Emotion Control is a Mental Psychic save attack which enables
the character to evoke various emotions in their victims (fear,
love, hate, despair, etc). It takes a CL save at +3 to hit. Range =
CL”. This Voluntary Ability has a PR of 3 per attack.

If a hit is scored, the target must make an IN save. Add the target’s
Psychic protection to their target number, while subtracting the
attacker’s Emotion Control save modifier. If save fails, the attacker
imposes a strong emotion upon the target, also specifying what
the target feels that strong emotion *about*.

The Darkling villainess Nemesis is a living Black Hole. A recovery save is allowed each between-rounds phase (and
each time the victim experiences an emotional reaction that is
DUPLICATION against their nature) at a further penalty of -10. Another save is
allowed whenever a character uses an action to try to talk the
The character can split into multiple identical copies. Duplication
victim out of it at a further penalty of -10 plus the other character’s
is a Persistent Ability which takes an action to activate, and has a
IN save.
PR of 0 per round.
Apply the Duration Modifier to increase the time delay between
The number of copies the character can split into depends on
saves.
their CPs in Duplication:
CPs Emotion Control Save Modifier
CPs Duplicates (-5) +4
(20) 2
(-2.5) +3
(30) 3 (0) +2
(40) 4 (2.5) +1
(50) 6 (5) 0
(60) 8
(7.5) -1
(70) 12 (10) -2
(80) 16 (12.5) -3
(90) 24
(15) -4
(100) 32 (17.5) -5

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(20) -6 CPs Flame Blast Energy Damage Roll
(22.5) -7 (-10) 1
(25) -8 (-7.5) d2
(27.5) -9 (-5) d3
(30) -10 (-2.5) d4
(32.5) -11 (0) d6
(35) -12 (2.5) d6+1
(37.5) -13 (5) 2d4
(40) -14 (7.5) d4+d6
(42.5) -15 (10) 2d6
(45) -16 (12.5) d6+d8
(47.5) -17 (15) 2d8
(50) -18 (17.5) d8+d10
(20) 2d10
• Emotion Control Modifier: Pheromones (22.5) d10+d12
(25) 2d12
Emotion Control defined as Pheromones is a Physical gas attack, (27.5) 3d8
rather than a Mental attack. There is no cost adjustment. (30) 2d8+d10
(32.5) d8+2d10
• Emotion Control Modifier: Single Emotion (35) 3d10
(37.5) 2d10+d12
Apply a cost adjustment of (-5) CPs if the character can only
(40) d10+2d12
evoke a single emotion in their victims. (42.5) 3d12
(45) 3d12+1
ENERGY (47.5)
(50)
3d12+2
4d10
The character has extra Power points. They gain 2 points of Power
for each CP they have in this Ability. Energy is a Continual Ability. A Flame Blast can be used as a Counterblast against other
attacks that use its same Energy Type (see 4.14.5).
EXPERIENCE LEVELS
This Continual Ability improves the character’s Defenses, their B) Flame Aura
chance to hit with any attack, and their proficiency at all Task The character can surround themself with a flaming Energy Ability
checks. The PR is 0 per round. The bonuses gained depend on the Field (see the Ability Field Modifier in section 2.2.4). It takes an
number of CPs invested: action to activate the Flame Aura (but no time to deactivate it)
and PR = 1 per use (whether it’s used for defense, an attack, or
CPs Hit Bonus Defense Bonus Task Bonus one round of passive damage). This is a Voluntary Ability.
(5) - +1 +1
(10) +1 +1 +1 CPs Flame Aura Damage Roll
(15) +1 +2 +2 (-10) d2
(20) +2 +2 +2 (-5) d3
(25) +2 +3 +3 (0) d4
(30) +3 +3 +3 (5) d6
(35) +3 +4 +4 (10) d6+1
(40) +4 +4 +4 (15) d8+1
(45) +4 +5 +5 (20) d10+1
(50) +5 +5 +5 (25) 2d6
(55) +5 +6 +6 (30) d6+d8
(60) +6 +6 +6 (35) 2d8
(65) +6 +7 +7 (40) d8+d10
(70) +7 +7 +7 (45) 2d10
(75) +7 +8 +8 (50) d10+d12
(80) +8 +8 +8
(85) +8 +9 +9
(90) +9 +9 +9 C) Fiery Flight
(95) +9 +10 +10 Take the Flight Ability to enable the character to fly by means of
flame.
FLAME ABILITIES
Subtract (-5) CPs from the cost of the character’s Flight if the
There are two broad categories of Flame Ability:
character may only fly while their Flame Aura is active.

A) Flame Blast
The character can shoot flames from their body, like a flame
FLIGHT
thrower. Specify where the flames come from (the character’s The character can propel themself through the atmosphere and
hands, eyes, mouth, etc.). This Voluntary Ability enables the vacuum with no visible means of support. The character’s
character to make a standard Energy damage attack, with a acceleration rate and top speed, in tabletop movement inches,
range of ST+EN”. PR = 2 per use. The amount of damage dealt by depend on their CPs in this Ability as shown on the table below.
the character’s flame blast depends on its CPs: Flight works at ¼ speed under water. There is a PR cost of 1 per
hour for long-duration flight. This is a Voluntary Ability.

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CPs Flight Acceleration/Top Speed CPs Hyper-Flight Speed
(-5) .5/8 (2.5 mph) (+2.5) Warp 3 (.003 LY/hour)
(-2.5) .75/12 (3.8 mph) (+5) Warp 5 (.015 LY/hour)
(0) 1/16 (5 mph) (+7.5) Warp 8 (.058 LY/hour)
(2.5) 1.5/24 (8 mph) (+10) Warp 10 (.11 LY/hour)
(5) 2/32 (11 mph) (+12.5) Warp 13 (.25 LY/hour)
(7.5) 3/48 (16 mph) (+15) Warp 15 (.38 LY/hour)
(10) 4/64 (21 mph / mach .03) (+17.5) Warp 18 (.67 LY/hour)
(12.5) 6/96 (33 mph / mach .04) (+20) Warp 20 (.91 LY/hour)
(15) 8/128 (44 mph / mach .06) (+22.5) Warp 23 (1.39 LY/hour)
(17.5) 12/192 (66 mph / mach .09) (+25) Warp 25 (1.78 LY/hour)
(20) 16/256 (87 mph / mach .11) (+27.5) Warp 28 (2.5 LY/hour)
(22.5) 24/384 (131 mph / mach .17) (+30) Warp 30 (3.08 LY/hour)
(25) 32/512 (174 mph / mach .23) (+32.5) Warp 33 (4.1 LY/hour)
(27.5) 48/768 (262 mph / mach .34) (+35) Warp 35 (4.89 LY/hour)
(30) 64/1024 (348 mph / mach .46) (+37.5) Warp 38 (6.26 LY/hour)
(32.5) 96/1536 (523 mph / mach .69) (+40) Warp 40 (7.3 LY/hour)
(35) 128/2048 (697 mph / mach .92) (+42.5) Warp 43 (9.07 LY/hour)
(37.5) 192/3072 (1045 mph / mach 1.37) (+45) Warp 45 (10.39 LY/hour)
(40) 256/4096 (1393 mph / mach 1.83) (+47.5) Warp 48 (12.62 LY/hour)
(42.5) 384/6144 (2090 mph / mach 2.75) (+50) Warp 50 (14.26 LY/hour)
(45) 512/8192 (2786 mph / mach 3.66)
(47.5) 768/12288 (4179 mph / mach 5.49) Example: The ability to fly at a Top Speed of 44 mph in atmosphere
(50) 1024/16384 (5572 mph / mach 7.32) and Warp 15 in vacuum costs a total of 30 CPs.

Flyers may travel up to their acceleration rate when they first take
off. They may multiply their current speed by up to 2 once per turn,
until they reach their top flight speed. Pushing Flight (see 5.5)
allows another doubling, up to twice the character’s top listed
flight speed. They can also decelerate to half of their current flight
speed, turn after turn, slowing to a stop if their current speed is
equal to their acceleration or less.

• Flight Modifier: Fast Acceleration


For a cost adjustment of (+2.5), you may increase your character’s
acceleration rate by 2 steps on the table. For example, a
character with a top Flight Speed of 64 can normally accelerate
by 4 per turn at a cost of (10) CPs. For (+2.5) cost, he can
accelerate by 8. For a total cost adjustment of (+10), a
character’s acceleration can be made to match their Top Flight
Speed.

• Flight Modifier: Amphibious


For a cost adjustment of (+5), the character’s Flight works at full
speed under water. Flight that only works under water has a cost
adjustment of (-7.5).

• Flight Modifier: Wings


Characters with wings can’t fly in a vacuum. This Modifier has a
cost adjustment of (-5).

• Flight Modifier: Gliding


Roll the character’s Mass at the start of each round when they’re Aeroflat is the flying leader of the Crime Students villain team.
flying. The result indicates the number of inches by which they
immediately descend. The character can only gain altitude by FORCE FIELD
making a task check. If successful, they may climb 1” plus their This is the ability to create tangible barriers of energy. Force Fields
margin of success (i.e., making the task check by 7 allows them to are translucent, but don’t block visible light; they may appear as
ascend up to 8”). The cost adjustment for this Modifier is (-5). a thin fog, a mild glow, a slight visual distortion in the air, etc. This
Ability includes both Force Walls and Force Bolts:
• Flight Modifier: Hyper-Flight
The character can fly faster than the speed of light in the vacuum A) Personal Force Field
of space. They must accelerate to their top normal Flight speed This Voluntary Ability allows the character to create a Force Field
before they may engage Hyper-Flight. Shifting to Hyper-Flight fitting the contours of their own body. The strength of the
takes an action. PR = 1 per hour of Hyper-Flight. character’s Personal Force Field depends on its CPs:

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Force Field Protection Points* • Personal Force Field Modifier: Force Bubble
CPs Kinetic Energy Bio Entropy Total
To change a Personal Force Field into a Force Bubble, apply the
(2.5) 3 3 2 2 10
(5) 3 3 3 3 12 Area Effect Modifier (either with the Perimeter option, or Range).
(7.5) 4 4 3 3 14 This allows the character to create simple, immobile bubbles or
(10) 4 4 4 4 16 walls of translucent force at a distance. Their Force Field may then
(12.5) 5 5 4 4 18 be placed as a barrier, or around allies, or as an area attack to
(15) 5 5 5 5 20 imprison an opponent, etc. Any target which is hit through a Force
(17.5) 6 6 5 5 22 Wall receives protection from it.
(20) 6 6 6 6 24
(22.5) 7 7 6 6 26
Passing through a Force Wall requires a Basic HTH Damage roll
(25) 7 7 7 7 28
(27.5) 8 8 7 7 30 that exceeds the barrier’s Kinetic protection. This uses up all of the
(30) 8 8 8 8 32 character’s remaining movement, unless the roll is more than
(32.5) 9 9 8 8 34 double the field’s protection, in which case only half of the
(35) 9 9 9 9 36 character’s remaining Move is expended.
(37.5) 10 10 9 9 38
(40) 10 10 10 10 40
(42.5) 11 11 10 10 42 B) Force Bolt
(45) 11 11 11 11 44 The character can pummel targets with blunt kinetic force,
(47.5) 12 12 11 11 46 inflicting damage based on their Strength at a range of EN”, PR =
(50) 12 12 12 12 48 1 per attack. This is a Voluntary standard attack Ability.
*Exception: Force Fields provide no protection against Gravity
attacks, but Gas attacks can’t penetrate them at all.
CPs Force Bolt Kinetic Damage Roll
(2.5) Base HTH damage -1
It takes an action and PR = 16 to activate a force field.
(5) Base HTH damage
(7.5) Base HTH damage +1
The character must keep track of the number of damage points (10) Base HTH damage +2
that have been deflected by their Force Field (including any (12.5) Base HTH damage +3
points it added to saves which failed). Damage from attacks that (15) Base HTH damage +4
are completely blocked doesn’t count toward that total. When (17.5) Base HTH damage +5
the amount of damage that it has deflected exceeds the (20) Base HTH damage +6
(22.5) Base HTH damage +7
character’s remaining Power, the Force Field goes down and any
(25) Base HTH damage +8
damage in excess of the last few points of Force Field continues (27.5) Base HTH damage +9
on to strike its target. (30) Base HTH damage +10
(32.5) Base HTH damage +11
Example: Enforcer’s Force Field has blocked 28 points of damage (35) Base HTH damage +12
so far. Enforcer only has 33 points of Power left. When his Force (37.5) Base HTH damage +13
Field is hit by another 12 damage, it stops 5 more points and then (40) Base HTH damage +14
drops, allowing the remaining 7 points to get through. (42.5) Base HTH damage +15
(45) Base HTH damage +16
(47.5) Base HTH damage +17
The character may renew a Force Field (erasing all of the
(50) Base HTH damage +18
accumulated damage against it) or re-activate it if it has
dropped, by re-spending its activation costs (an action and
PR=16).
GRAPNEL
The character can project ‘lines’ (ropes, webs, cables, glue,
If the character has a saved action, they may use it to reinforce energy strands, etc.) out to a range of (ST+AG)”. Grapnel requires
their Force Field at the same instant that it goes down, taking any a roll to hit the target if it’s used as a Snare attack, immobilizing
damage left over onto the new Force Field. the target but leaving their limbs free (unless the attack was a
called shot). Grapnel lines last for an hour, or until they’re
Force Field Gear has a deflection threshold equal to its total destroyed or manually removed. Grapnel is a Voluntary Ability,
protection x 1.5. So, a (15) CP Gear Force Field (worth 20 points of with a PR of 1 per use.
protection) drops after it sustains 30 points of damage.
CPs Break Point Max Carrying Capacity
• Force Field Modifier: Doesn’t Block Non-Corporeal or (2.5) 1 2 37.5 lbs.
(5) 2 4 60 lbs.
Gas (7.5) 3 6 150 lbs.
By default, Force Fields block Non-Corporeal characters and Gas (10) 4 8 240 lbs.
attacks. For a cost adjustment of (-5) CPs, the Force Field is (12.5) 5 10 600 lbs.
permeable to Non-Corporeal characters and Gas. (15) 6 12 960 lbs.
(17.5) 7 14 2400 lbs.
(20) 8 16 3840 lbs.
• Force Field Modifier: Doesn’t Block Teleportation (22.5) 9 18 9600 lbs.
By default, Force Fields block Teleportation. For a cost adjustment (25) 10 20 15360 lbs.
of (-5) CPs, the Force Field is permeable to Teleportation. (27.5) 11 22 38400 lbs.
(30) 12 24 61440 lbs.
(32.5) 13 26 153600 lbs.

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(35) 14 28 245760 lbs. Grapnels can also be used as swing lines. The character must first
(37.5) 15 30 614400 lbs. attach their Grapnel to a sturdy physical object within range. This
(40) 16 32 983040 lbs. takes an action, but no roll to hit is required unless the target
(42.5) 17 34 2457600 lbs. object is moving. The character may then swing to any other
(45) 18 36 3932160 lbs.
location within the Grapnel’s range of the anchor point (as long
(47.5) 19 38 9830400 lbs.
(50) 20 40 15728640 lbs. as there are no physical objects in the way). This movement
occurs during the character’s movement phase. The grapnel’s
‘Pushing’ a Grapnel adds 2 to its Breakpoint. carrying capacity must be enough to accommodate the
character’s weight, plus the weight of any cargo they’re carrying.
To escape, the victim must match or exceed the Grapnel’s break Alternately, the character may use their Grapnel to bring a target
point using their basic HTH damage roll, or a damage-dealing object to them – so long as the object is movable, and doesn’t
Ability Field. This takes an action, unless the damage roll exceeds weigh more than either the character’s or their Grapnel’s carrying
the break point by 4 or more in which case it takes either the capacity. If the target is immobile, the character may exert their
escapee’s remaining movement, or their action (escapee’s Basic HTH damage (up to the limit of the Grapnel’s own carrying
choice). Teleportation, Non-Corporealness, and other Abilities capacity) as damage through the Grapnel, to either damage the
may also be used to escape at the GM’s discretion. Others may object or try to break it free. This takes an action. Using a Grapnel
also spend actions using their damage-dealing Abilities to try and to move or to reel in an object takes the character’s entire
break the victim free. Rolls to hit may be required, also at the GM’s movement phase.
discretion.
• Grapnel Modifier: No Swinging
When making a standard attack on a Grapnelled target, the
There is a cost adjustment of (-5) if the character can’t use
attacker may hit the grapnel instead of the target if they fumble.
Grapnel to swing from place to place, or to pull on objects
Also keep in mind that area effect attacks can affect Grapnels.
they’ve bound.

Subsequent Grapnel hits add +2 to the Breakpoint, up to the new


Grapnel’s own Max (see table).
• Grapnel Modifier: Swinging Only
There is a cost adjustment of (-10) if the character can’t use
Grapnel to physically bind and immobilize targets.

GRAVITY CONTROL A) Gravity Decrease


These Abilities enable a character to modify the pull of gravity on The character can reverse a target’s weight, so that it ‘falls’ up.
objects or areas. There are three forms of Gravity Control: Gravity This is a unique Voluntary attack Ability, with a range of EN ” and
Decrease, Gravity Increase, and Personal Gravity Well. a PR of 2 per use.

This Ability is opposed by the target’s Mass. If the roll to hit


succeeds, roll the character’s Gravity Decrease vs. the target’s
Mass roll. If the Gravity roll exceeds the Mass roll, then the target is
affected.

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The character may Push (see 5.5), adding the push bonus to their (25) 16
Gravity roll. Protection vs. Other (Gravity) damage adds to the (27.5) 24
target’s roll. The target may also roll with the attack (see 4.8.3.1), (30) 32
adding the amount of Power spent to their Mass roll. (32.5) 48
(35) 64
(37.5) 96
CPs Gravity Decrease Roll (40) 128
(-2.5) d2-1 (42.5) 192
(0) 1 (45) 256
(2.5) d2 (47.5) 384
(5) d3 (50) 512
(7.5) d4
*This Ability Level causes only a slight gravity distortion, but it also
(10) d6
renders characters who aren’t normally affected by gravity to
(12.5) d6+1
be affected for its duration.
(15) d8+1
(17.5) d10+1
Multiply the effective weight of target(s) within the gravity well by
(20) 2d6
the amount shown. The target sustains Gravity (Other) damage
(22.5) d6+d8
(25) 2d8 every round equal to their new Mass roll minus their Base HTH
(27.5) d8+d10 Damage roll. Furthermore, their ability to move will be impeded if
(30) 2d10 their new weight exceeds their Carrying Capacity (see 2.1.7.2).
(32.5) d10+d12 Characters who can’t move because of extreme gravity are
(35) 2d12 completely pinned.
(37.5) 3d8
(40) 2d8+d10
The target’s new Mass roll is also dealt as Kinetic damage, every
(42.5) d8+2d10
(45) 3d10 round, to whatever surface they’re on. Affected characters may
(47.5) 2d10+d12 thus fall through floors, or become embedded in a ‘crater’ in the
(50) d10+2d12 ground.

The effects of Gravity Decrease last for one combat round. Anything entering the affected area also becomes affected,
while anything leaving the affected area is freed.
Characters falling up may suffer falling damage (see 5.3) if they
encounter an obstacle, such as a ceiling. PR = 3 to attack, and PR = 3 per round to maintain the gravity well.
If not maintained, gravity immediately returns to normal. The
• Gravity Decrease Modifier: Weight Reduction attacker must stay within range and in line of sight of the gravity
If the target’s weight can only be reduced, not reversed, and not well in order to maintain it.
reduced to zero then apply a cost adjustment of (-10) CPs.
'Pushing' increases the Weight Multiplier by x(Power spent +2) for
• Gravity Decrease Modifier: Weightlessness 1 round.

If the target is only made weightless, apply a cost adjustment of Physical attacks on targets in the gravity well suffer a -6 gravity
(-5) CPs. distortion penalty to hit.

• Gravity Decrease Modifier: Negative Weight x2 • Gravity Increase Modifier: Single Target
Double the character’s negative weight for each (+5) CP cost If this Modifier is taken, the Ability affects a single specific target
adjustment. This Modifier may be applied multiple times. each time it’s used. It doesn’t create a ‘gravity well’, so things
coming near an affected target aren’t also affected, and the
B) Gravity Increase target can't move away. There is no cost adjustment. This Modifier
This unique Voluntary attack Ability enables the character to can’t be combined with an area effect.
create a ‘gravity well’ where the pull of gravity is increased.
C) Personal Gravity Well
Range = ST”. The target is a ½” diameter, single-target-sized *area*
The character can generate a 3” diameter area effect gravity
(not an individual object).
distortion, centered on themself, which deflects physical attacks.
This results in a Physical Defense bonus of 1 per (2.5) CPs against
The multiplier to the effective weight of targets within the affected
any attacks which are aimed within it. It takes an action and a PR
area depends on the character’s CPs in Gravity Control:
of 1 to activate the Personal Gravity Well, and a PR of 1 per round
CPs Weight Multiplier (Gs) to maintain it.
(5) 1*
(7.5) 1.5 HEALING
(10) 2
(12.5) 3 This is the Voluntary Ability to remove damage from a subject’s
(15) 4 Hits. Healing has a PR of 1 per use. Healing has no range; the
(17.5) 6 character must physically touch the subject. A roll to hit is required
(20) 8 if the subject resists being touched. Each use of Healing restores
(22.5) 12 the number of Hits indicated by the character’s Healing Ability

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Level, below. Healing is an ‘Other’ damage type, so only On attacks that require saves instead of dealing damage, the
Invulnerability to Healing can block it – though an uncooperative bonus is deducted from the target’s save chances.
subject may indeed ‘roll with’ points of Healing if they don’t wish
to be healed. Healing may be ‘pushed’ to restore 2 extra Hits for ‘Classes’ of attacks include things like Bows, Japanese Blades,
+2 PR. Unarmed Combat, Pistols, Rifles, etc.

The rate at which the character can Heal depends on their CPs in ‘Specializations’ include things like Longbow, Katana, Punching,
this ability, as shown on the following table: 44 Magnum Pistol, M-16 Rifle, etc.

CPs Hits Restored per Use Time Required CPs All Attacks One Class Specialist
(2.5) 1 1 Hour (2.5) 1 1 1
(5) 1 15 Minutes (5) 1 2 2
(7.5) 1 5 minutes (7.5) 2 2 3
(10) 1 9 Rounds (10) 2 3 4
(12.5) 1 3 Rounds (12.5) 3 4 5
(15) 1 2 Rounds (15) 3 5 6
(17.5) 1 1 Round (17.5) 4 5 7
(20) 2 1 Round (20) 4 6 8
(22.5) 3 1 Round (22.5) 5 7 9
(25) 4 1 Round (25) 5 8 10
(27.5) 5 1 Round (27.5) 6 8 11
(30) 6 1 Round (30) 6 9 12
(32.5) 7 1 Round (32.5) 7 10 13
(35) 8 1 Round (35) 7 11 14
(37.5) 9 1 Round (37.5) 8 11 15
(40) 10 1 Round (40) 8 12 16
(42.5) 11 1 Round (42.5) 9 13 17
(45) 12 1 Round (45) 9 14 18
(47.5) 13 1 Round (47.5) 10 14 19
(50) 14 1 Round (50) 10 15 20

• Healing Modifier: Empathic


Apply a cost adjustment of (-5) if the character pays the PR of this
Ability with Hits instead of Power. Protection doesn’t apply, nor
may the character ‘roll’ with this damage.

• Healing Modifier: Energy Recharge


If the character restores Power points, rather than Hits, then
double the listed rate (so instead of healing 2 Hits per action, the
character would restore 4 Power per action). There is no cost
adjustment.

HEIGHTENED AGILITY
The character gains a bonus of +1 to their Agility score per point
of this Ability. PR = 0 per Hour.

Heightened Agility is a Continual Ability. It merely endows the


character with whatever increased Agility score the character
achieves (and all the advantages thereof).

HEIGHTENED ATTACK
Due to the character's increased combat ability, they receive a
bonus to the amount of damage they score on certain successful
attacks, such as their fists or other offensive Abilities. This happens
automatically at a PR of 0 per round. Heightened Attack is a
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Voluntary Ability.

The character must specify whether the bonus applies to all HEIGHTENED COOL
attacks, or just one class of attacks, or a specialization in one The character gains a bonus of +1 to their Cool score per point of
specific attack when this Ability is taken. The damage bonus this Ability. PR = 0 per Hour.
depends on the range of attack types affected, and the number
of CPs the character has in the Ability. Heightened Cool is a Continual Ability. It merely endows the
character with whatever increased Cool score the character
achieves (and all the advantages thereof).

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HEIGHTENED DEFENSE HEIGHTENED INITIATIVE
This is a Voluntary Ability. The character gains a defensive bonus The character receives a bonus of +1 to their Initiative rolls per (2.5)
against all attacks against them. The bonus is automatic and has CPs of this Voluntary Ability. PR = 0 per round.
a PR of 0 per round, but Heightened Defense only operates while
the character is conscious and mobile. HEIGHTENED INTELLIGENCE
The character gains a bonus of +1 to their Intelligence score per
The character gains a bonus of +1 to both their Physical and
point of this Ability. PR = 0 per Hour.
Mental defenses per (5) CPs of this Ability.

Heightened Intelligence is a Continual Ability. It merely endows


• Heightened Defense Modifier: Only Physical or Only
the character with whatever increased Intelligence score the
Mental character achieves (and all the advantages thereof).
Heightened Defense which only works against Physical or Mental
attacks (but not both) only costs (2.5) CPs per +1.
HEIGHTENED SENSES
The character has new or enhanced Continual sensory abilities.
HEIGHTENED ENDURANCE
The character gains a bonus of +1 to their Endurance score per Senses have no range as a default, but you can give them the
point of this Ability. PR = 0 per Hour. Range enhancement (see below for more about sensory range).
PR = 0 per hour. See sections 3.1.5 and 4.6 for the full perception
Heightened Endurance is a Continual Ability. It merely endows the rules.
character with whatever increased Endurance score the
character achieves (and all the advantages thereof). If generating the character randomly, roll for two different senses
on the following table and choose the one which best fits the
HEIGHTENED EXPERTISE character’s concept.

The character gains a bonus on their chances of hitting with


various attacks, such as their fists and other offensive Abilities. Random Heightened Sense
There is no PR, and the bonus is received automatically whenever d100 Sense
the character attacks. Heightened Expertise is a Voluntary Ability. 01-05 Danger
PR = 0 per round. 06-09 Flavors (Normal Taste, Basic)
10-14 Life Energy
15-19 Light, Infrared
The character must specify whether the bonus applies to all
20-24 Light, Ultraviolet
attacks, or just one class of attacks, or a specialization in one 25-28 Light, Visible (Normal Vision, Full)
specific attack when this Ability is taken. The accuracy bonus 29-33 Magical Energy
depends on the range of attack types affected, and the number 34-38 Magnetism
of CPs the character has in the Ability. 39-43 Mental Waves
44-48 Mood Reading
‘Classes’ of attacks include things like Bows, Japanese Blades, 49-52 Odors (Normal Scent, Basic)
53-57 Radar
Unarmed Combat, Pistols, Rifles, etc.
58-62 Radiation
63-67 Radio Waves
‘Specializations’ include things like Longbow, Katana, Punching, 68-71 Sounds, Audible (Normal Hearing, Basic)
44 Magnum Pistol, M-16 Rifle, etc. 72-76 Sounds, Subsonic
77-81 Sounds, Ultrasonic
CPs All Attacks One Class Specialist 82-85 Shapes (Normal Touch, Basic)
(2.5) 1 1 1 86-89 Time (Normal Time, Basic)
(5) 1 2 2 90-94 X-Rays
(7.5) 2 2 3 95-00 Other (make something up)
(10) 2 3 4
(12.5) 3 4 5 Random Sensory Level
(15) 3 5 6
(17.5) 4 5 7 Roll once on this table for new senses (but not for senses identified
(20) 4 6 8 as ‘normal’ on the previous table):
(22.5) 5 7 9
(25) 5 8 10 d100 Starting Sensory Level CP Cost*
(27.5) 6 8 11 01-50 Basic (5)
(30) 6 9 12 51-83 Full (10)
(32.5) 7 10 13 84-00 Analytical (20)
(35) 7 11 14 *You may re-roll if the random Ability Level exceeds the
(37.5) 8 11 15 character’s available CPs, or else shift CPs from other Abilities to
(40) 8 12 16 pay for this higher CP cost.
(42.5) 9 13 17
(45) 9 14 18 Random Sensory Modifiers
(47.5) 10 14 19
(50) 10 15 20 Roll on the following table as many times as necessary to reach
the desired point cost:

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d100 Sensory Modifier Cost Adjustment Sensory Level
01-07 +1 Sensory Level (see (+5)
Senses are rated according to their level of detail. There are three
previous table)
08-15 Acute +3 (+5) distinct Sense levels: Basic, Full, and Analytical.
16-20 Penetrating* (+10)
21-23 Precognitive* (+15) Basic Sense
24-28 Retrocognitive* (+15) A Basic Sense costs (5) CPs. Basic senses allow a character to
29-35 Telescopic +4** (+5) sense rough generalities without a check, but they must make a
36-40 Global* (+10)
perception check in order to make out details, or tell 2 similar
41-43 Ranged* (+5)
44-50 Amplified +1 level (+5) things apart, or locate or distinguish between targets in combat.
51-00 Repeat previous Modifier if allowed, else Ranged (if
the stimulus Radiates and Sense isn’t already For example, the normal human sense of touch is a Basic sense;
Ranged), else re-roll you can always tell when you're touching something, but you're
*Re-roll is the sense has already got this Modifier not automatically sure of what the thing is.
**Re-roll if the sense isn’t Ranged
Basic senses can be used navigate without a perception check,
Example: Jill is generating a Standard Power Level character. By but only within the limits of the information provided by the sense.
default, she has (20) CPs to spend on her character’s Heightened For example, a character with a Basic sonar sense wouldn't have
Sense. She rolls a 68 on the Random Heightened Senses table and any trouble navigating through a forest of trees, but they would
receives Sounds, Audible (the normal human sense of hearing). have to make a perception check to pick out the one tree they're
She therefore skips the Random Sensory Level table (because looking for, or to notice that one of the sonar blips is a stone pillar
normal human hearing is rated Basic for free; see more on normal and not a tree.
human senses below), and goes straight to the Random Sensory
Modifiers table. Her first roll of is a 79, which must be re-rolled Full Sense
(because she hasn’t rolled a previous Modifier to repeat, yet, and A Full sense costs (10) CPs. Full senses allow a character to sense
normal human hearing is already Ranged). Her second roll is a 45, obvious details without requiring a perception check. Full senses
making her character’s hearing Amplified by 1 level at a cost only require perception checks when attempting to perceive
adjustment of (+5) CPs. Her third roll is a 29, making her hearing something that is hidden or obscured, or when attempting to
Telescopic for +4 at a cost adjustment of (+5) more CPs. Her fourth distinguish between two or more similar things when the
roll is an 83, giving her character another dose of Telescopic for a differences are subtle.
total bonus of +8 at the cost adjustment of another (+5) CPs. Her
final roll of 06 raises her hearing’s Sensory Level from Basic to Full For example, the normal human sense of sight is a Full sense; you
at a cost adjustment of (+5) CPs, reaching her total cost to its can always tell when you're looking at a person, unless they're
target of (20) CPs. hiding or standing in the shadows, and you can always tell two
people apart by sight, unless they're twins or one of them is in
disguise.

Full senses can be used to navigate accurately without requiring


a perception check, so long as the objects they're navigating
around aren’t hidden or obscured. If they are, then a perception
check is required.

Analytical Sense
An Analytical sense costs (20) CPs. Analytical Senses almost never
require perception checks, unless confronted with things that are
nearly identical or almost entirely obscured.

Analytical senses can automatically discern between very similar


things, but they can’t discern between nearly identical things
without making a perception check.

For example, a character with an Analytical sense of touch would


instantly recognize the texture of any material they encountered,
but they couldn’t distinguish between two molecularly precise
copies of the same object unless they make a perception check.

Analytical senses can be use to navigate without a perception


check, unless the objects they're navigating around are nearly
identical or nearly imperceptible. If they are, then a perception
check is required.

Opti-Man can see through any one material at a time.

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What Does It Detect? Mental Waves
You must also specify what sort of thing each sense is able to Mental Waves are given off by living beings, magically animated
detect. The following is a list of the most common sense types. beings and thinking machines. Mental waves radiate.
Each entry is accompanied by notes which help explain what it
is, and what it may be good for. Motion
Motion sense registers the passage of physical objects. Motion
Danger doesn’t radiate. If purchased without the Ranged Sense Modifier,
Danger sense detects negative fluctuations in the karma field. this sense measures the inertial force of the character's own
Bad karma may be considered to 'radiate' for purposes of the motion, and can be used to determine how far the character has
Ranged Sense Modifier. been moved, and in what direction. If purchased with range, this
sense detects micro-changes in air density, and can be used like
Emotion radar to track the positions of moving objects within the Ability's
Mood Reading detects Emotional Energy, which is given off by range.
working brains. Emotional Energy may be considered to 'radiate'
for purposes of the Ranged Sense Modifier. Mood Reading senses Odors
emotions, which (among other things) may be interpreted to Odors are similar to flavors, but consist of chemical compounds
determine whether a subject is lying. which escape from solid or liquid matter and are carried through
an atmosphere. The odor of a substance may differ from its flavor
Flavors if the chemicals which escape from it aren’t the same as the
Flavors are a direct sensation of the chemical composition of solid chemicals which remain on its surface. Odors may be considered
or liquid matter. A vaporized substance might be carried through to 'radiate' for purposes of the Ranged Sense Modifier.
the air, but for most purposes flavors don’t 'radiate'.

Light, Infrared
Infrared Light is radiant heat. Senses that detect infrared can
discern between shapes and temperature levels, but aren’t very
useful for discerning between objects that are of similar
temperatures. Infrared radiation may be considered to 'radiate'
for purposes of the Ranged Sense Modifier.

Light, Ultraviolet
Ultraviolet Light is form of low-level radiation. Senses that detect
ultraviolet radiation can discern between shapes and materials
based on the intensity of their UV emission, or the way they reflect
or absorb UV if they aren’t UV sources themselves. Quite a few
materials are "flourescent", reflecting part of the UV light that
strikes them as a visible light glow. Ultraviolet radiation may be
considered to 'radiate' for purposes of the Ranged Sense Modifier.

Light, Visible
Visible Light is what normal human vision detects. It includes all
wavelengths of light from red to violet. Senses that detect visible
light can be used to discern between shapes, colors, and
The Schnoz has a superhuman, precognitive sense of smell.
brightness levels but require a source of illumination to function.
Visible Light may be considered to 'radiate' for purposes of the
Radar
Ranged Sense Modifier.
Radar is a specialized form of Radio Wave perception, which
deals with detecting objects by their radio reflectivity instead of
Life
comprehending radio transmissions. While radio waves are
Life Energy is given off by all living things. Life Energy may be
'radiant', radar isn’t. The finite range of radar is the maximum
considered to 'radiate' for purposes of the Ranged Sense Modifier.
distance at which characters can pick up the faint echo of their
own radar signal.
Magic
Magical Energy is given off by all magical and enchanted objects Purchasing Radar sense automatically equips a character with
and beings, and may be considered to 'radiate' for purposes of the ability to emit radio pulses on a single channel. These pulses
the Ranged Sense Modifier. can be detected by any character with Radio sense who’s tuned
to that channel.
Magnetism
Magnetism is electromagnetic force. Magnetism may be Radiation
considered to 'radiate' for purposes of the Ranged Sense Modifier. Radiation is the release of particles by unstable, decaying
isotopes. Radiation may be considered to 'radiate' for purposes of
the Ranged Sense Modifier.

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Radio Waves Sounds, Subsonic
Radio Waves are electromagnetic emanations at varying Subsonic Sounds are just like audible sounds, but their wavelength
frequencies. Radio Waves may be considered to 'radiate' for is too low for normal human hearing to detect them. Subsonic
purposes of the Ranged Sense Modifier. Sounds may be considered to 'radiate' (through atmosphere) for
purposes of the Ranged Sense Modifier.
Radio senses enable characters to perceive and comprehend
transmissions on radio frequencies. You must specify either audio Sounds, Ultrasonic
or video comprehension when a Radio sense is purchased. Ultrasonic Sounds are just like audible sounds, but their
wavelength is too high for normal human hearing to detect them.
The detail levels of Radio perception are treated slightly differently Ultrasonic Sounds may be considered to 'radiate' (through
than they are for other senses. These differences are explained atmosphere) for purposes of the Ranged Sense Modifier.
below.
Time
Radio sense has a sensitivity level even lower than Basic, called
Time is a non-spatial continuum that is measured in terms of events
Minimum.
which succeed one another from past through present to future.
That's the dictionary definition, anyway. Normal humans have a
Minimum Radio Sense allows a character to perceive and
Basic sense of the passage of time.
comprehend transmissions on only one radio frequency, for a cost
of (2.5) CPs.
X-Rays
Basic Radio Sense enables a character to perceive and X-Rays penetrate most physical objects, and can be used to
comprehend radio transmissions on all frequencies. The character discern between objects based on their difference in
can only listen to one frequency at a time, and must make a permeability to X-rays. Real x-ray photography requires a strong
perception check to tune in a transmission on a different external X-ray source to emit rays through the target object and
frequency. The character can attempt to "home in" on the source into the receiver, and results in monochrome images where X-ray
of a radio transmission on a frequency they're tuned in to by permeable objects are nearly invisible. X-rays may be considered
making a perception check. to 'radiate' for purposes of the Ranged Sense Modifier.

Full Radio Sense also allows a character to hear radio Traditional comic-book X-ray vision is actually Visible Light vision
transmissions on all frequencies, and they can still only listen to one with the Penetrating Sense Modifier applied.
frequency at a time, but the character doesn’t have to make a
perception check to tune in to a transmission on a different Default Senses
frequency unless it’s being jammed or scrambled. Deciphering a Characters begin with some ability in six normal human senses:
scrambled transmission requires a cryptography task check. The vision, hearing, taste, scent, touch, and time.
character can attempt to "home in" on the source of a radio
transmission on a frequency they're tuned in to by making a A character's default ability in each normal human sense is
perception check. detailed below. Some of the terms used to define these senses
may be unfamiliar. These terms will be explained later on.
Analytical Radio Sense allows a character to hear radio
transmissions on all frequencies, and to listen in on all of those Characters don’t have to pay for these basic senses. Their point
frequencies simultaneously. No task check is necessary to home values are listed only to enable players to modify them. For
in on the source of a transmission or to tune in to jammed or example, a Basic or Full sense can be upgraded by paying the CP
scrambled frequencies. Deciphering a scrambled transmission still cost difference.
requires a cryptography task check.
Hearing
• Radio Wave Sense Modifier: Audio & Video Normal human hearing is a Basic Sense (5) that's Global (+10) and
There is a cost adjustment of (+7.5) if the character can perceive detects audible sound at range (+5). Total cost: (20) CPs.
both audio and video signals simultaneously.
Scent
Shapes Normal human scent is a Basic Sense (5) that's Global (+10) and
Shapes are the tangible forms and textures of physical objects detects odors at range (+5). Total cost: (20) CPs.
and liquids. This sense type includes the ability to sense
atmospheric pressure. Taste
Normal human taste is a Basic Sense (5) that detects flavors. It has
Sounds, Audible no range. Total cost: (5) CPs.
Audible Sounds are what normal human hearing detects. They’re
vibrations carried through the air or through solid matter, so they Time Sense
can’t be transmitted through a vacuum or through very dense Normal human time sense is a Basic Sense (5) that detects the
material. Audible Sounds may be considered to 'radiate' (through passage of time. It has no range. Total cost: (5) CPs.
atmosphere) for purposes of the Ranged Sense Modifier.

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Touch 10 Years -9
Normal human touch is a Basic Sense (5) that's Global (+10) and 100 Years -10
1000 Years -11
detects shapes and textures, as well as pain and temperatures
10,000 Years -12
(+5). It has no range. Total cost: (20) CPs.
If the check succeeds, then they sense the exact moment in time
Vision that they were looking for. If not, the GM re-rolls their perception
Normal human vision is a Full Sense (10) that detects visible light at check, finding the margin of success on the table above to
range (+5). Total cost: (15) CPs. determine how far forward they *actually* sense. The character
won’t know exactly when the impressions received took place
• Heightened Sense Modifier: Acute Sense (unless the Precognitive sense can also detect Time), apart from
This Modifier gives the character a +3 task bonus on all checks guessing from any clues they pick up. If the second check
involving the specified sense per (+2.5) CPs. matches the difficulty they were trying for on their first check, they
see slightly before or slightly after the period they were aiming for.
• Heightened Sense Modifier: Amplified Sense If the second check fails, they don’t see into the future at all.
This sense Modifier negates ranks of sensory dampening, for
The character receives impressions as if they were at the location
example from Darkness against Visible Light. For each (+5) CP cost
and the time being observed.
adjustment, one rank of sensory loss is ignored.

Example: The Schnoz has a precognitive sense of smell, and a


• Heightened Sense Modifier: Global Sense smell perception check of 18-. He’s trying to smell 5 minutes into
Senses normally only cover a 90-degree arc, facing directly the future – at a difficulty penalty of -3. He rolls a 19 on his
ahead of the character. This Modifier expands that arc so that perception check, and fails to smell the exact moment he’s
sensations can be detected in all directions. interested in. Rolling again, he gets a 12; a success margin of 3.
That’s still 5 minutes hence, so the GM rolls a 50/50 chance and
The cost adjustment for a Global Sense is (+10) CPs. The sense will
decides that Schnoz senses a moment slightly after the one he
operate in every direction around the character, making it more
wanted. The GM proceeds to describe what Schnoz smells at that
difficult for opponents to surprise them.
time.

For a cost adjustment of (+5), the sense operates in a 360 degree


• Heightened Senses Modifier: Protected Sense
circle around the character, with a 90 degree arc up and down,
but it doesn’t cover anything approaching the character from This sense Modifier negates ranks of sensory overload, for example
above or below that angle. from Light Control C) Glare against Visible Light. For each (+5) CP
cost adjustment, one rank of sensory loss is ignored.
• Heightened Sense Modifier: Penetrating
• Heightened Senses Modifier: Ranged Senses
This allows a sense to ignore obstacles which normally block it.
Some reasonably common barrier must be specified which still Senses have no range as a default, but you can make them
blocks the sense, however. For example, Penetrating added to Ranged for a cost adjustment of (+5). Having range enables a
normal vision and defined as comic-book “X-Ray Vision” enables sense to be used at a distance of up to IN/2”, OR it allows IN+6
a character to see through anything but lead. The cost perception checks vs. range penalties at any range if the thing
adjustment is (+10) CPs. being sensed ‘radiates’.

• Heightened Sense Modifier: Precognitive • Heightened Sense Modifier: Retrocognitive


This Modifier allows one sense to receive impressions from the This Modifier enables one sense to receive impressions from the
future, at a cost adjustment of (+15) CPs. Precognition takes an past, at a adjustment of (+15) CPs. Retrocognition takes an action
action each time you use it. each time you use it.

What the character perceives isn’t the real, immutable future. The character states how far back in the past they intend to sense.
They actually only sense whichever alternate time dimension most The GM then rolls their perception task check secretly, applying a
closely parallels their own. difficulty modifier for the amount of time back they're looking.

The character states how far into the future they intend to sense. Time Difficulty
1 round -1
The GM then rolls their perception task check secretly, applying a
3 rounds -2
difficulty modifier for the amount of time forward they're looking.
5 Minutes -3
1 Hour -4
Time Difficulty 10 Hours -5
1 round -1 3.5 Days -6
3 rounds -2 1 Month -7
5 Minutes -3 1 Year -8
1 Hour -4 10 Years -9
10 Hours -5 100 Years -10
3.5 Days -6 1000 Years -11
1 Month -7 10,000 Years -12
1 Year -8

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If the check succeeds, then they sense the exact moment in time (7.5) 2/1/2/2
that they were looking for. If not, the GM re-rolls their perception (10) 2/1/2/3
check, finding the margin of success on the table above to (12.5) 3/1/2/4
determine how far back they *actually* sense. The character (15) 3/1/2/5
(17.5) 3/1/3/5
won’t know exactly when the impressions received took place,
(20) 4/1/3/5
(unless the Retrocognitive sense can also detect Time), apart from (22.5) 4/2/3/5
guessing from any clues they pick up. If the second check (25) 4/2/3/6
matches the difficulty they were trying for on their first check, they (27.5) 5/2/3/6
see slightly before or slightly after the period they were aiming for. (30) 5/2/3/7
If the second check fails, they don’t see into the past at all. (32.5) 5/2/4/7
(35) 6/2/4/7
(37.5) 6/2/4/8
The character receives impressions as if they were at the location
(40) 6/2/4/9
and the time being sensed. (42.5) 6/2/5/9
(45) 7/2/5/9
Example: Inter-Sceptre has a retrocognitive sense of vision, and a (47.5) 7/3/5/9
sight perception check of 15-. She’s trying to see what happened (50) 7/3/5/10
10 hours in the past – at a difficulty penalty of -5. She rolls a 7 on
her perception check, and succeeds. The GM proceeds to
describe what Inter-Sceptre sees at that time.

• Heightened Sense Modifier: Telescopic Sense


This Modifier magnifies the specified sense, giving the character a
+2 task bonus vs. range penalties on all checks involving that
sense at a cost of (+2.5) CPs.

Cost Adjustment Bonus Magnification


(+2.5) +2 x4
(+5) +4 x16
(+7.5) +6 x64
(+10) +8 x256
(+12.5) +10 x1024
(+15) +12 x2048

• Heightened Sense Modifier: Tracking


This gives the sense a bonus of +3 on tracking task checks (see
3.1.6). There is a (+2.5) cost adjustment.

HEIGHTENED STRENGTH
The character gains a bonus of +1 to their Strength score per point
of this Ability. PR = 0 per Hour.

Heightened Strength is a Continual Ability. It merely endows the


character with whatever increased Strength score the character
achieves (and all the advantages thereof).

ICE ABILITIES
The character can generate cold and ice. Choose among the
following Abilities:

A) Ice Armor
The character can generate Ice Armor around their body,
providing protection like the Armor Ability.
The supervillainess Madame Frigia has extreme cold abilities.
It takes 1” of Movement to activate, and PR = 1 per round to
maintain Ice Armor. If not maintained, it immediately melts away. B) Ice Blast
Ice Armor is a Voluntary Ability. The character can project streams of cold, clinging ice. This is a
Voluntary snare attack Ability, Range = (ST+EN)/2", PR = 1 per use.
CPs Ice Armor Points (Kin/Eng/Bio/Ent)
(-2.5) 0/0/0/1 An Ice Blast attack encircles the target in ice, immobilizing them
(0) 1/0/0/1 but leaving their limbs free (unless the attack was a called shot).
(2.5) 1/0/1/2 Victims must escape from the encasing ice as per the Grapnel
(5) 2/0/1/2
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to Counterblast flame and heat-based attacks, as well as attacks An attacker may attempt to shoot around the target’s encasing
consisting of small physical projectiles or ‘freezable’ liquids. ice, so as to leave the ice intact and only harm the target, at a
called shot penalty of -3. On a fumble, the attack hits the ice first.
CPs Ice Break Point Max
(2.5) d4 3 • Ice Blast Modifier: Colder Ice
(5) d6 6
(7.5) 2d4 9 This Modifier adds +1 to the damage inflicted by the ice per
(10) d10+1 12 round, at a cost adjustment of (+5). The maximum bonus allowed
(12.5) d6+d8 15 is +10 damage (representing a temperature of absolute zero).
(15) 2d8 18
(17.5) 2d10 21
(20) d10+d12 24
C) Ice Shaping
(22.5) 3d8 27 Take the Shaping Ability to enable the character to create large
(25) 2d8+d10 30 masses of ice of various shapes.
(27.5) 3d10 33
(30) 2d10+d12 36 Add (+5) CPs to the cost of the character’s Shaping to give the
(32.5) 3d12 39 created shapes an Energy Field which deals 3 Entropy (Cold)
(35) 3d12+1 42 damage with no action cost and a PR of 0 per use.
(37.5) 4d10 45
(40) 3d10+d12 48
(42.5) d10+3d12 51 ILLUSIONS
(45) 4d12 54
The character can create intangible semblances of whatever
(47.5) 5d10 57
they desire, within an area centered on themself. This is a
(50) 4d10+d12 60
‘Pushing’ an Ice Blast adds 2 to its Breakpoint. Voluntary Ability. It takes the character’s entire Movement phase
to create and maintain an Illusion. The PR to create an Illusion,
Subsequent hits by Ice Blasts on targets already encased either and per round to maintain it, depends on the number of sense(s)
replace the current breakpoint or add 2 to it, whichever is higher, that the illusion affects:
up to the new Ice’s Max (see table above).
Illusion Senses* PR
Example: The Shrew is already encased in ice with a breakpoint 1 1
of 5. If Blizzard hits the Shrew with an Ice Blast of 9, the Shrew must 2 2
3 3
now overcome a breakpoint of 9. If the Shrew was encased in ice
4 4
with a breakpoint of 8, Blizzard’s new 9-point Ice Blast would raise 5 5
the breakpoint the Shrew had to overcome to 10 – as long as 8 8
Blizzard’s Ice Blast has a Max of at least 10. 12 12
16 16
Protection against Ice Blasts 24 24
32 32
Protection (apart from Ability Fields and non-personal Force
*See Heightened Senses for a list of specific sense types with
Fields) has no effect against it.
descriptions.

Non-personal force fields reduce an Ice Blast’s break point by By default, illusions can trick ‘Full’ senses of the sense types
their Kinetic protection during the initial attack, but have no effect covered. Characters with applicable Basic senses can only tell
thereafter. they’re not real on a critically successful IN-based perception
check. Characters with Full senses can tell they’re not real on any
Damage-dealing Energy Ability Fields reduce the ice’s break
successful perception check. Characters with ‘Analytical’ senses
point immediately when it hits, and again every between-rounds
can tell they’re not real automatically. Observers get one
phase. Other types of Ability Fields have no effect.
perception check for free when they first encounter the illusion.
They get another check each time they spend an action
Ice Damage examining it (see 3.1.5). If an observer makes their perception
The target takes 3 Entropy damage between-rounds for as long check, they can still sense the illusion but it no longer fools them
as they remain encased. or obstructs their perceptions.

Melting Ice Illusions can include simple or repetitive random motions or


Each round, the ice melts a little – reducing the break point by 1. changes, including apparent ‘reactions’ when other characters
This automatic melting can be avoided if the attacker stays within ‘interact’ with it, and these occur automatically at no cost to the
range and line of sight, and spends 1 point of Power per round to character other than the illusion’s maintenance PR cost. More
maintain the ice. complex changes, such as adjustments to the illusion’s simple or
repetitive motions or reactions, take 1” of Movement to
Avoiding Ice implement. The character must spend another action if they wish
When a character encased in ice is hit by an attack that causes to make a major change to the illusion, such as modifying its
Kinetic, Energy, or Biochemical damage the damage is general appearance or moving it to a new location.
deducted from the ice’s breakpoint first. Any remaining damage
is applied to the character normally. An illusion remains in effect until the character stops it, moves out
of range of it, stops paying its PR cost, or falls unconscious.

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The area within which the character can create illusions depends
on their CPs of Illusion:
INVENTING
The character has an extra stock of unspent Inventing Points. The
CPs Illusion Area of Effect character receives 1 Inventing Point per CP spent on this
(0) Self Only Voluntary Ability. PR = 0 per Hour. Inventing is Gear (see 2.2.4) by
(2.5) 1” default.
(5) 3”
(10) 5” See section 3.1.3 for the full rules on inventing.
(12.5) 7”
(15) 9”
(17.5) 11”
• Inventing Modifier: Mobile Facilities
(20) 15” The character doesn’t need to return to their base to access their
(22.5) 19” inventing facilities. There is a cost adjustment of (+5) CPs.
(25) 23”
(27.5) 27” • Inventing Modifier: Major Facilities
(30) 33”
(32.5) 39” The character has major inventing facilities and resources at their
(35) 45” base, or on their person if they also have Mobile Facilities. This
(37.5) 51” Modifier yields a bonus of +3 on the character’s inventing
(40) 59” attempts. There is a cost adjustment of (+5) CPs. This Modifier may
(42.5) 67” be taken multiple times.
(45) 75”
(47.5) 83”
(50) 93” INVISIBILITY
This Voluntary Ability makes a character completely
• Illusions Modifier: Basic Illusions undetectable by one or more senses. The number of senses
If the illusion is immediately seen through by Full or Analytical affected depends on the number of CPs the character has in this
senses, and on a normal perception check by a Basic sense, Ability:
apply a cost adjustment of (–5) CPs.
CPs Blocked Senses
• Illusions Modifier: Analytical Illusions (10) 1
(20) 2
If the illusion fools Analytical senses, so that Basic senses never see (30) 3
through them, Full senses require a critically successful check, and (40) 4
even characters with an Analytical sense must make an IN-based (50) 5
perception check to see through it, apply a cost adjustment of
(+10). Choose the senses by which the character is undetectable from
the list given under the Heightened Senses Ability.

Everything the character is wearing or carrying when they turn


invisible becomes invisible to those senses also, but it becomes
visible again if it’s dropped.

It takes an action to become invisible, with a PR of 1 per round. It


takes no time or Power to return to visibility.

Invisible opponents aren’t noticed and can’t be targeted by


others until they’ve been detected. This requires the use of a sense
that isn’t blocked by the character’s Invisibility - unless the
character does something to reveal their presence. Note that
Basic senses will still detect an otherwise Invisible character easily,
unless they are also sneaking (see 3.1.5.1).

Undetected characters (invisible or not) get a Surprise bonus in


combat (see 4.6).

Other circumstances may also allow others to determine an


invisible character's general location, such as: wet footprints,
visible objects being carried, etc.

• Invisibility Modifier: Blur


The CP cost of this Ability is only (5) per sense if it only makes the
character ‘blurry’, reducing observers’ ability to perceive them
using the affected sense(s) by one level (Analytical becomes Full,
Full becomes Basic, and Basic becomes None).
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• Invisibility Modifier: Camouflage Invulnerability to a damage sub-type only protects the character
If the character is only difficult to detect against a certain type of from one kind of damage out of a full damage type. For example,
background (for example foliage, desert, snow, warm the character might choose only the electricity, radiation, or light
temperatures, music venues, etc.), then apply a cost adjustment sub-type out of the full Energy damage type. ‘Other’ damage
of (-2.5) CPs per sense. forms (Disintegration, Gas, Gravity, Healing, Transmutation, etc.)
each count as separate damage sub-types.
• Invisibility Modifier: Chameleon
Invulnerability to a specific damage form only protects the
If the character’s Invisibility depends on blending in with their character against a very specific form of damage within a sub-
background, then they become visible momentarily whenever type. For example, only bullets out of the Sharp Kinetic sub-type,
the background changes significantly and can’t be Invisible only Flames out of the Heat sub-type, only Lasers out of the Light
against a rapidly-changing background. Apply a cost adjustment sub-type, etc.
of (-2.5) CPs per sense.

KNOWLEDGE
The character possesses more knowledge than a typical person.
Choose from among the following options:

A) Careers & Tasks


This Voluntary Ability gives the character training in a new Career
or in a particular non-combat task, or additional training in a non-
combat task or Career that they’ve already learned.

Additional training in an existing Career or task yields a bonus on


the chances of success at related Task Checks. The PR = 0 per
hour, and the bonus is received automatically whenever the
character attempts to perform a relevant task.

New Careers cost (5) CPs each. Examples include Surgeon,


Lawyer, Mugger, Botanist, Lab Assistant, Shaman, Bricklayer,
Banker, Taxi Driver, Survivalist, etc.

A bonus of +3 to a Career the character already has costs (5) CPs.


This may be taken any number of times.

New specific task specializations cost (2.5) CPs each. Examples


include Lip Reading, Driving, Mathematics, Acrobatics,
Persuasion, etc.

A bonus of +3 at a specific task the character already has costs


(2.5) CPs. This may be taken any number of times.
Luminous Lass can make parts of herself invisible, or glowing.
Sample Career areas are listed in section 2.1.10.
INVULNERABILITY
This Continual Ability makes the character nearly immune to the B) Cultural Background
effects of one or more Damage Types Sub-Types, or Specific Each character normally has only one Culture (see 2.1.4). For (5)
Types, taking only 1/4 damage (rounded down) from attacks of CPs, the character may add an adjacent culture (within the
those types. Apply the character’s Invulnerability after Armor (or following sequence: Fantasy, Primitive, Mixed, Modern, High
other normal forms of protection). Invulnerability also provides a Tech). For example, a character from a Modern culture could
bonus of +8 vs. attacks which require a save (for example, Mind add Mixed or High Tech. Each additional (5) CPs allows a
Control). PR = 0 per round. character to add another culture, for example a character
originally from a Modern culture could add ‘Primitive’ once they’d
The number of damage types the character is immune to added ‘Mixed’. PR = 0 per Hour.
depends on their Invulnerability CPs. The character may assign
their CPs as desired among any combination of full, sub-and Multi-Cultural characters use the best difficulty modifier available
specific damage forms. It costs (5) CPs to be invulnerable to a among each of their cultures when attempting to comprehend
specific damage form, (10) CPs to be invulnerable to a damage magic or technology. For example, a character with both Fantasy
sub-type, and (20) CPs to be invulnerable to a full damage type. and Primitive Culture would have a +6 modifier to comprehend
magic, but only a -3 modifier to comprehend technology. See
Invulnerability to a full damage type makes the character 3.1.2.
Invulnerable to a broad range of similar kinds of damage. For
example, the full Energy damage type includes the sub-types of
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C) Languages Life Support also provides some protection against Abilities which
duplicate effects found in nature, such as natural chemicals,
Characters can speak their native language fluently for free. They
flames, lightning, gravity, and ice plus any other Abilities the GM
must spend CPs for the ability to speak other languages. PR = 0
deems appropriate on a case by case basis. This is an exception
per Hour.
to the standard rule whereby protection applies against one or
CPs Ability Description more of the standard Damage Types. Any amount of Life Support
(1) Broken The character has only a limited ability also provides breathable air while it’s active.
to understand and speak the
language. To simulate this at the Life Support activates automatically at no action or movement
gaming table, the character is cost whenever it’s needed. Its duration and the amount of
prohibited from uttering or protection it provides depend on the character’s CPs in this
understanding words of more than one Ability:
syllable in that language (excluding
proper names). Multi-syllabic words in
CPs Environmental Immunity Protection
the language sound like gibberish to
(5) 8 one-round charges 2
them, and if the character accidentally
speaks or hears a multi-syllabic word (10) 8 three-round charges 2
then it isn’t understood. The character (15) 8 five-minute charges 2
(20) 8 one-hour charges 2
can master a few multi-syllabic words
(25) 8 ten-hour charges 3
with in-game practice without spending
any CPs. (30) 8 ten-hour charges 4
(2) Accented The character is fully fluent in the (35) 24 ten-hour charges 4
(40) 24 ten-hour charges 5
language, but retains a very noticeable
(45) 24 three and one-half day charges 5
accent.
(3) Fluent The character can speak the language (50) 24 three and one-half day charges 6
with complete fluency and no accent,
like a native. You may apply a Modifier to change the number of charges
provided by Life Support, but you may not give it ‘unlimited’
charges.
D) Literacy
Literacy in a language is purchased separately from the ability to
• Life Support Modifier: Not Gear
speak that language. Literacy costs 1 CP per language, which
must be specified upon purchase. Literacy in one’s native There is a cost adjustment of (+5) if the Life Support is an inherent
language is free to characters of Mixed, Modern, or High Tech Ability, and doesn’t come from Gear.
cultures.
LIGHT CONTROL
Reading ability is determined by the character’s matching The character can create light of various wave-lengths, from a
Language. For example, “broken” ability to speak the language soft glow to a blinding glare. Choose among the following
means that the character would only have a very basic, clumsy Abilities:
reading ability and difficulty with large or obscure words. Inability
to speak a language at all would mean that the character could
only only translate written material slowly, taking about 1 round
A) Laser
This Voluntary standard attack Ability enables the character to
per line of text. PR = 0 per Hour.
project intense beams of coherent light from their eyes, fingers,
etc. (specify where it originates when taking this Ability). This is an
Energy damage attack, with a range of AGx2”. PR = 1 per use.
The amount of damage dealt by the laser, and the difficulty for a
victim to regain their sight if dazzled by it (see below), depends on
the character’s CPs in Laser:

CPs Laser Energy Damage Roll Dazzle EN Save


(-5) d3 -1
(-2.5) d4 -2
(0) d6 -3
(2.5) d6+1 -4
(5) d8+1 -5
(7.5) d10+1 -6
(10) 2d6 -7
(12.5) d6+d8 -8
(15) 2d8 -9
(17.5) d8+d10 -10
Many heroes and their allies are knowledgeable in science. (20) 2d10 -11
(22.5) d10+d12 -12
(25) 2d12 -13
LIFE SUPPORT (27.5) 3d8 -14
This Continual Ability provides immunity to natural atmospheric (30) 2d8+d10 -15
effects, temperature extremes, and radiation at no PR cost. Life (32.5) d8+2d10 -16
Support is Gear (see 2.2.4) by default. (35) 3d10 -17

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(37.5) 2d10+d12 -18 • Flash Modifier: Other Sense
(40) d10+2d12 -19
The character may choose to have their Flash attack affect a
(42.5) 3d12 -20
(45) 3d12+1 -21 different sense than visible light. There is no cost adjustment.
(47.5) 3d12+2 -22
(50) 4d10 -23 C) Glare
This Voluntary Ability enables the character to create a sphere of
Lasers can’t be used to Counterblast and don’t cause
extreme sensation (visible light, by default, but optionally any
Knockback.
other sense or group of senses), centered on and moving with
themself. which overloads the affected senses of characters
Lasers can be used to make a called shot (4.14.2) at -6 to hit,
within the area (or attempting to sense things within it) by two
dealing no damage and ignoring protection (except that it’s
levels: Analytical senses are reduced to Basic level, while Full and
completely blocked by protective goggles). If it hits, the victim
Basic level senses are reduced to nothing. The character is
gets an EN save to resist being ‘dazzled’ (temporarily blinded) –
immune to the effects of their own Glare.
with an additional recovery attempt each between-rounds
phase.
Levels of Glare and Darkness cancel each other out, when they
affect the same senses.
B) Flash
This Voluntary save attack Ability allows the character to emit a The character must choose which specific senses this Ability
blinding flash of light, affecting every sighted target within a blocks. Refer to the Heightened Senses Ability for a list of types of
diameter of 5” centered on themself. This attack has no Damage senses and their descriptions. The PR to create an area of Glare,
Type, and can only be mitigated by the Protected Sense Modifier, and the PR per round to maintain it, depends on the number of
applied to a visible light sense. Every target which doesn’t escape sensory stimuli which the character’s Glare Ability affects:
the area must make an EN save or lose two levels of their Visible
Light senses. Affected targets are allowed another save to Senses PR Cost
recover every between-rounds phase, at a further penalty of -12, 1 1
to recover. If their initial EN save is a fumble, however, then the 2 2
3 3
target is permanently blinded. The PR for a blinding flash is 2 per
4 4
attack. 5 5
8 8
CPs Flash Save 12 12
(-5) EN+7 16 16
(-2.5) EN+6 24 24
(0) EN+5
(2.5) EN+4 It only takes 1” of movement to activate Glare. Once created,
(5) EN+3 Glare stays up until the character stops it (by no longer paying its
(7.5) EN+2
PR cost), or falls unconscious.
(10) EN+1
(12.5) EN+0
(15) EN-1 The maximum diameter of the area the character can fill with
(17.5) EN-2 Glare depends on their CPs in this Ability:
(20) EN-3
(22.5) EN-4 CPs Diameter*
(25) EN-5 (-5) 1”
(27.5) EN-6 (0) 3”
(30) EN-7 (5) 5”
(32.5) EN-8 (10) 9”
(35) EN-9 (15) 15”
(37.5) EN-10 (20) 23”
(40) EN-11 (25) 33”
(42.5) EN-12 (30) 45”
(45) EN-13 (35) 59”
(47.5) EN-14
(50) EN-15 • Glare Modifier: Basic Glare
For a cost adjustment of (-5), the character’s Glare only reduces
• Flash Modifier: Mild Flash
observers’ sense(s) by only one rank. Full visible light perception is
For a cost adjustment of (-5) CPs, an affected target only loses reduced to Basic, for example.
one level of their visible light sense.
• Glare Modifier: Full Glare
• Flash Modifier: Strong Flash
For a cost adjustment of (+10), the character’s Glare reduces
For a cost adjustment of (+10) CPs, an affected target loses three observers’ sense(s) by three ranks, blocking them completely.
levels of their visible light sense.

D) Glow
The character can project beams of light, illuminate areas, etc.
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movement to activate Glow. There is a PR of 1 to activate this
Voluntary Ability, and PR = 1 per hour to maintain.

CPs Glow Diameter


(0) 1”
(2.5) 3”
(5) 5”
(7.5) 9”
(10) 15”
(12.5) 23”
(15) 33”
(17.5) 45”
(20) 59”
(22.5) 75”
(25) 93”
(27.5) 113”
(30) 135”
(32.5) 159”
(35) 185”
(37.5) 213”
(40) 243”
(42.5) 275”
(45) 309”
(47.5) 345”
(50) 383”

LIGHTNING CONTROL
The character can generate or manipulate powerful electrical Stormblade is able to call lightning down from thunderclouds.
impulses. Choose among the following Abilities:
B) Electrical Field
A) Electrical Bolt This Voluntary Ability enables the character to surround themself
The character can project electrical bolts, allowing a standard with an electrical Energy Ability Field (see Ability Fields, 2.2.4). It
Energy damage attack with a range of ENx2” and a PR of 4 per takes an action to activate the Electrical Field (and no time to
shot. This is a Voluntary Ability. deactivate it) with a PR of 1 per use (whether that use is defense,
an attack, or one round of passive damage).
Electrical attacks receive a bonus of +2 damage against
electrical and electronic targets. CPs Electrical Field Energy Damage Roll
(-5) d3
(0) d4
CPs Electrical Bolt Energy Damage Roll
(5) d6
(-5) d6
(10) d6+1
(-2.5) d6+1
(15) d8+1
(0) d8+1
(20) d10+1
(2.5) d10+1
(25) 2d6
(5) 2d6
(30) d6+d8
(7.5) d6+d8
(35) 2d8
(10) 2d8
(40) d8+d10
(12.5) d8+d10
(45) 2d10
(15) 2d10
(50) d10+d12
(17.5) d10+d12
(20) 2d12
(22.5) 3d8 C) Gear Control
(25) 2d8+d10 This Voluntary Ability enables the character to take control of
(27.5) d8+2d10 electrical gear.
(30) 3d10
(32.5) 2d10+d12
Gear Control is a Physical Energy save attack. The base chance
(35) d10+2d12
(37.5) 3d12 to hit equals the character’s IN save +3. Range = ENx2”, PR = 4 per
(40) 3d12+1 use. If the roll to hit succeeds, the attacker can issue commands
(42.5) 3d12+2 to the target gear, and the gear must obey each command. The
(45) 4d10 character must be able to communicate with the gear in order
(47.5) 3d10+d12 to initially use this Ability, and to issue commands. If the
(50) 2d10+2d12 commands cease, the Gear continues to obey its last instructions
until it breaks free of the Gear Control, even if the controller moves
An Electrical Bolt can be used as a Counterblast against other
out of range or is defeated.
Energy attacks.

When it’s hit, the targeted Gear gets a save to resist based on its
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character. Otherwise, find its weight in the ST Carry column of the Magnetic Manipulation can be used as a standard attack, to
Basic Characteristic table and read across to the Saves column directly damage metallic targets, inflicting Kinetic damage, or it
to find its save. Add the target’s Energy protection to its target can be used as a remote grapple attack to crush an object being
number, while subtracting the attacker’s Gear Control save Magnetically held, again doing Kinetic damage.
modifier. If save succeeds, the gear isn’t affected.
Magnetic Manipulation can also be used to pick up and move
An additional save is allowed each between-rounds phase, as metallic objects within its range. The speed at which an object
well as each time the gear is ordered to do something against its can be moved equals the character's own base Move ability (the
programming, at a further penalty of -10. Another save is allowed average of their ST, EN and AG scores). The character uses their
each time another character uses an action to try to put the gear own AG to manipulate objects at range. Magnetic Manipulation
back on track, with a further -10 penalty to the save plus the other suffers the normal difficulty penalties due to range and other
character’s relevant skill save. factors. PR = 1 per attack, per ‘squeeze’, and per attempt to resist
the target trying to escape.
CPs Gear Control Save Modifier
(-5) +1 The amount of magnetic strength (measured in pounds of force)
(-2.5) 0 that a character can exert depends on their CPs in Magnetic
(0) -1 Manipulation:
(2.5) -2
(5) -3
(7.5) -4 CPs Magnetic Manipulation
(10) -5 (-5) 30 lbs / d3 damage
(12.5) -6 (-2.5) 60 lbs / d4 damage
(15) -7 (0) 120 lbs / d6 damage
(17.5) -8 (2.5) 240 lbs / d6+1 damage
(20) -9 (5) 480 lbs / d8+1 damage
(22.5) -10 (7.5) 960 lbs / d10+1 damage
(25) -11 (10) 1920 lbs / 2d6 damage
(27.5) -12 (12.5) 3840 lbs / d6+d8 damage
(30) -13 (15) 7680 lbs / 2d8 damage
(32.5) -14 (17.5) 15360 lbs / d8+d10 damage
(35) -15 (20) 30720 lbs / 2d10 damage
(37.5) -16 (22.5) 61440 lbs / d10+d12 damage
(40) -17 (25) 122880 lbs / 2d12 damage
(42.5) -18 (27.5) 245760 lbs / 3d8 damage
(45) -19 (30) 491520 lbs / 2d8+d10 damage
(47.5) -20 (32.5) 983040 lbs / d8+2d10 damage
(50) -21 (35) 1966080 lbs / 3d10 damage
(37.5) 3932160 lbs / 2d10+d12 damage
(40) 7864320 lbs / d10+2d12 damage
• Gear Control Modifier: 'Silent' Gear Control (42.5) 15728640 lbs / 3d12 damage
If the character doesn’t have to communicate with the targeted (45) 31457280 lbs / 3d12+1 damage
gear, there is a (+5) CP cost adjustment. (47.5) 62914560 lbs / 3d12+2 damage
(50) 125829120 lbs / 4d10 damage
• Gear Control Modifier: Single Command
The character can magnetically ‘hold’ one object at a time, and
If there is only one command that the character can give to Gear still magnetically grab, move, strike, or crush something else. Once
they control, there is a (-10) CP cost adjustment. Single commands the character is magnetically ‘holding’ two objects, they can’t
don’t require communication. affect a third. The character is able to exert their full magnetic
capacity against every object they’re affecting.
LUCK
This Continual Ability increases a character's Luck save. Luck Magnetics can be used as a Counterblast against metallic
functions automatically, taking no time to use, at a PR of 0 per weapons and projectiles.
hour. Luck is explained more fully in Chapter 3.1.4.
• Magnetics Modifier: Single Target
It costs (2.5) CPs for each +1 to the character’s Luck save number. If the character can only affect one target at a time, and can’t
attack another object magnetically if they’re already holding
MAGNETISM one, there is a cost adjustment of (-5) CPs.

The character can generate or manipulate waves of magnetic


force.
• Magnetics Modifier: Multi-Magnetics
Apply a cost adjustment of (+5) CPs if the character can
magnetically affect up to eight targets at once.
A) Magnetic Manipulation
This is a Voluntary Ability. Magnetic Manipulation enables a
character to exert ‘magnetic strength’ at a range in inches equal
to their ST. The character can grab, manipulate, strike, or crush
metallic objects at a distance.

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B) Magnetic Field C) Translation
If the character is able to deflect attacks magnetically, they This Voluntary Ability enables the character to speak and
should take Force Field: Personal Force Field. Apply a cost comprehend all of the spoken languages of a particular species,
adjustment of (-10) CPs for the limitation that they can only deflect or of a particular planet. Translation takes no time, and has a PR
metallic weapons and projectiles. of 0 per hour. See the Knowledge Ability for the rules on learning
individual languages.
MENTAL ABILITY It costs (5) CPs for the ability to speak and understand languages
The character has a unique mental Ability, possibly utilizing
at the Basic level (see Knowledge: Languages). Accented ability
psychic energy. Choose from among the following examples, or
costs (10) CPs, and Fluent ability costs (15) CPs. Double the CP
make up one of your own (subject to GM approval):
cost if the character can speak all of the languages of every
species and planet.
A) Mental Blast
This Voluntary standard attack Ability enables the character to • Translation Modifier: Literacy
make Mental attacks which inflict Psychic damage. The base For (+10) CPs, the character can read all written languages. Their
chance to hit vs. the target’s Mental Defense equals the level of fluency at written languages is the same as their spoken
character’s IN save +3. The range = IN”, and PR = 1 per use. Mental language ability. If the character can’t speak all languages, but
blasts can only affect targets which have IN scores, penetrating can only read them, then they can only translate them slowly at
mindless material as if it weren’t there, and dealing no a rate of about one line per Combat round.
Knockback. Mental Blasts may be used to Counterblast other
Mental attacks.

CPs Mental Blast Psychic Damage Roll


(-2.5) d2-1
(0) 1
(2.5) d2
(5) d3
(7.5) d4
(10) d6
(12.5) d6+1
(15) 2d4
(17.5) d4+d6
(20) 2d6
(22.5) d6+d8
(25) 2d8
(27.5) d8+d10
(30) 2d10
(32.5) d10+d12
(35) 2d12
(37.5) 3d8
(40) 2d8+d10
(42.5) d8+2d10
(45) 3d10
(47.5) 2d10+d12
(50) d10+2d12

B) Photographic Memory
Any character can remember basic, general things which
they’ve been told, personally experienced, seen, read, etc.
without having to make a task check. An IN-based task check is
required only when a character attempts to remember minor,
subtle or inobvious details. Tiny, obscure details are only
remembered on a critically successful check.

Photographic Memory is a Continual Ability which takes no time


to use, and has a PR of 0 per hour.

For a cost of (10) CPs, the character automatically remembers


even minor, subtle, inobvious details without a task check – and
remembers tiny, obscure details on any successful task check.

For a cost of (20) CPs, the character automatically remembers The hero Straw Man is a nearly indestructible, animated decoy.
everything – even the tiniest, most insignificant details they’ve
experienced, heard, read, etc.

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MIND CONTROL
This is the ability to control the actions of other characters which
have an IN score. Mind Control is a Mental Psychic save attack.
IN save +3 to hit. Range = IN+CL”. PR = 8 per use. This is a Voluntary
Ability.

If a hit is scored, the target gets an IN save. Add the target’s


Psychic protection to their target number, while also applying the
attacker’s Mind Control save modifier. If the target is willing and
able to ‘roll’ with the attack, then add those points to the target
number as well. If the save succeeds, the target isn’t affected.

The attacker can tell whether they’ve hit, but they can only tell
whether the target made their save by observing their reaction. A
victim who’s hit but makes their save can try to pretend they’ve
been controlled.

The character must be able to communicate with their victim to


initially use this Ability, and to issue commands to their victims.

The victim may re-roll their save, in order to recover, each


between-rounds phase as well as each time they’re ordered to
do something against their nature, at a further penalty of -10. An
additional save is allowed each time another character uses an
action to try to talk the victim back to their senses at a further
difficulty modifier of -10, plus the other character’s IN save.

The victim must obey the character’s commands, without


Motivator is an extremely powerful mind-controlling villainess.
reservation, as long as they remain controlled. They’ll continue to
obey their last instructions until they break free of the Mind
Control, even if the one who Mind Controlled them is defeated. NATURAL WEAPONRY
The character has enhanced melee combat ability. This may
CPs Mind Control Save Modifier result from martial arts skill, or because they actually have claws,
(-5) +4 fangs, a spiked tail, etc. This is a standard Voluntary attack Ability.
(-2.5) +3 PR = 0 per use.
(0) +2
(2.5) +1
Natural Weaponry deals Kinetic damage, which must be defined
(5) 0
(7.5) -1 as either ‘blunt’ (kick, tail slap, head butt, etc.) or ‘sharp’ (bite,
(10) -2 claw, spines, etc.). Sharp weaponry deals more damage, but
(12.5) -3 doesn’t inflict Knockback.
(15) -4
(17.5) -5 Consult the tables below:
(20) -6
(22.5) -7 CPs Natural Weaponry To Hit Bonus
(25) -8 (0) +0
(27.5) -9 (2.5) +1
(30) -10 (5) +2
(32.5) -11 (7.5) +3
(35) -12 (10) +4
(37.5) -13 (12.5) +5
(40) -14 (15) +6
(42.5) -15 (17.5) +7
(45) -16 (20) +8
(47.5) -17 (22.5) +9
(50) -18 (25) +10
(27.5) +11
• Mind Control Modifier: 'Silent' Mind Control (30) +12
Apply a cost adjustment of (+5) CPs if the character doesn't have (32.5) +13
to communicate with their target. (35) +14
(37.5) +15
(40) +16
• Mind Control Modifier: Single Command (42.5) +17
Apply a cost adjustment of (-5) CPs if the character only has one (45) +18
command that they can give their victims. (47.5) +19
(50) +20

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A character may not use Negation more than once per phase on
Natural Weaponry Kinetic Damage Bonus a single target effect. A roll to hit is required against resistant
CPs Blunt Weapon Sharp Weapon targets and targets at range.
(0) +0 +2
(2.5) +1 +3
(5) +2 +4 • Negation Modifier: Limited Damage Type
(7.5) +3 +5 If the character can only Negate a specific damage sub-type (for
(10) +4 +6 example, only Heat instead of any type of Energy damage), there
(12.5) +5 +7 is a cost adjustment of (-5). If the character can only Negate a
(15) +6 +8
specific form of damage (for example, Flame instead of all heat-
(17.5) +7 +9
related Energy damage), the cost adjustment is (-10).
(20) +8 +10
(22.5) +9 +11
(25) +10 +12 • Negation Modifier: Additional Damage Types
(27.5) +11 +13 A character with this Ability can Negate additional damage types
(30) +12 +14
(for example, both Entropy and Kinetic damage) for a cost
(32.5) +13 +15
(35) +14 +16 adjustment of (+10) CPs per additional damage type, or (+5) CPs
(37.5) +15 +17 for an additional damage sub-type, or (+2.5) CPs for a specific
(40) +16 +18 damage form.
(42.5) +17 +19
(45) +18 +20
(47.5) +19 +21
NON-CORPOREALNESS
(50) +20 +22 The character can become insubstantial and ghostlike, gaining
complete immunity to all but Mental attacks, and to detection by
NEGATION hearing (unless they speak), motion sensors, smell, or infrared. This
is a Voluntary Ability.
This Voluntary Ability enables a character to reduce the duration
of (and increase the saving roll difficulty of) effects of a particular
The character has no sense of touch while Non-Corporeal
damage type.
(except for objects which are Non-Corporeal in the right way, see
below). They may not use any of their offensive Abilities upon or
Negation takes an action and PR = 1 to use. It has a range of EN”
otherwise physically interact with corporeal targets while they’re
and a ½” area effect. Consult the following table:
non-corporeal. They must re-solidify temporarily to attack
corporeal targets.
CPs Time Reduction Save Bonus
(2.5) 1 Phase (Move or Act) +1
(5) 1 Round +1 Non-corporeal characters don’t need to eat or breathe, and are
(7.5) 2 Rounds +2 therefore immune to gaseous attacks. They’re able to walk along
(10) 3 Rounds +2 the ‘surface tension’ of solid objects at their Move rate, and are
(12.5) 1 Minute +3 able to pass through physical matter as if it wasn’t there, though
(15) 5 Minutes +3 Force Fields will contain them. They may turn other things they’re
(17.5) 20 Minutes +4
carrying Non-Corporeal when they shift. Those things become
(20) 1 Hour +4
(22.5) 3 Hours +5 solid again if they’re released while the character remains Non-
(25) 10 Hours +5 Corporeal. They may not be released while intersecting with other
(27.5) 1.5 Days +6 physical objects, however, nor may the character or anything
(30) 3.5 Days +6 they’re carrying shift back while intersecting with any physical
(32.5) 1.5 Weeks +7 object.
(35) 1 Month +7
(37.5) 3 Months +8 The character must specify a limiting rationale for their Non-
(40) 1 Year +8
Corporealness. For example, a character who turns into a spirit
(42.5) 3 Years +9
(45) 10 Years +9 might be restricted from entering consecrated ground. A
(47.5) 33 Years +10 character who becomes vapor won't be able to pass through
(50) 100 Years +10 airtight barriers. A character who’s made of pure light can only
pass through transparent and translucent barriers. A character
The Ability’s Time Reduction is subtracted from the remaining whose atoms merely pass between those of solid objects may still
Duration of the targeted effect. If the remaining duration is need to breathe, requiring them to hold their breath when inside
reduced to zero or less, then it’s completely Negated. objects and negating the immunity which other Non-Corporeal
characters have to gas attacks.
When Negating an effect with a saving roll, simply add the save
bonus to the saving roll of the character resisting the effect being Non-Corporeal characters can affect each other if they both use
Negated. Save bonuses are cumulative with repeated the same rationale. For example, two ‘ghosts’ can touch (and
applications of this Ability. punch) each other, but a ‘ghost’ can’t punch a hologram.

When Negating an effect with both a duration and a saving roll, Because Non-Corporeal characters look sort of normal, a
apply both the Time Reduction and the save bonus. perception check is needed for others to determine whether the

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character is corporeal or not. This is important when others are (37.5) -11
trying to delay their attacks until the character solidifies again. (40) -12
(42.5) -13
It takes 1” of movement to shift between physical and Non- (45) -14
(47.5) -15
Corporeal form. The PR each time the character becomes
(50) -16
Intangible depends on the Ability’s CPs:

• Paralysis Modifier: Victim is Frozen


CPs Non-Corporealness PR
(0) 64 The paralyzed victim’s body becomes rigid, with a SR of 3 to resist
(2.5) 48 bending. Any damage that exceeds this SR when they’re ‘bent’
(5) 32 is applied to their Hit Points. There is no cost adjustment.
(7.5) 24
(10) 16
(12.5) 12
• Paralysis Modifier: Victim is in Stasis
(15) 8 The victim’s body is frozen in time, rendering it completely
(17.5) 5 inflexible and absolutely immune to all outside forces. Characters
(20) 4 in stasis are effectively ‘unconscious’ and unable to
(22.5) 3 communicate, even telepathically (since they experience no
(25) 2
passage of time). There is a cost adjustment of (+10).
(27.5) 1
(30) 0
• Paralysis Modifier: Victim is Unconscious
• Non-Corporealness Modifier: Corporeal Ability The victim is rendered unconscious as well as immobile. There is a
The character may make another Ability usable on corporeal cost adjustment of (+5).
targets while they’re non-corporeal for a (+20) cost adjustment.
• Paralysis Modifier: Victim Can Speak
• Non-Corporealness Modifier: Permanent Victims remain capable of speaking. This may not be combined
The character can’t solidify. The cost for permanent Non- with the Unconscious Modifier. There is a (-5) cost adjustment.
Corporealness is (20) CPs.
PHYSICAL ABILITY
PARALYSIS RAY This endows the character with an unusual physical Ability.
This Voluntary save attack Ability renders its victims completely Choose from among the following examples, or make up one of
immobile. They remain conscious and aware of what’s going on your own (subject to GM approval):
around them, but their muscles won’t respond and they can’t
speak. Range = ENx2”, PR = 3 per shot. A) Ambidexterity
A character with this Continual Ability can use other hands
Paralysis Ray is an Entropy attack. If a hit is scored, the target must equally as well as their primary hand, without suffering the penalty
make an Endurance save. A difficulty modifier applies to the save, for off-handed actions (see 3.0.2.3). This Ability costs (2.5) CPs,
depending on the number of CPs the character has in this Ability. (+2,.5) CPs to double the number of primary hands (which can be
Add the target’s Entropy armor protection to the target number useful for characters with Extra Limbs). PR = 0 per hour.
for the save. If the target is willing and able to ‘roll’ with the attack,
then add those points to the target number as well. If the save B) Extra Limbs
succeeds, then the target isn’t paralyzed. If the save fails, the
This Voluntary Ability doubles the number of objects the character
victim becomes paralyzed and rolls to save again at the end of
is able to hold onto at a time (from a starting default of 2), and
each turn to recover, at a further penalty of -12. Apply the
adds +1 to the character’s Mass roll for purposes of resisting
Duration Modifier to increase the time interval between saves.
Knockback if they’re holding on. This Ability costs (5) CPs, and may
be taken any number of times. PR = 0 per hour.
CPs Paralysis Save Modifier
(-5) +6
(-2.5) +5 C) Inertia
(0) +4 This Continual Ability adds +1 to the character’s Mass roll vs.
(2.5) +3
Knockback. Inertia costs (2.5) CPs, and may be taken any number
(5) +2
of times. PR = 0 per round.
(7.5) +1
(10) 0
(12.5) -1 D) Prehensile Feet
(15) -2 The character’s feet are as deft at manipulating objects as
(17.5) -3
human hands, enabling the character to hold onto four things at
(20) -4
(22.5) -5 a time instead of two. This also adds +1 to the character’s Mass
(25) -6 roll for purposes of resisting Knockback, if they’re holding on. This
(27.5) -7 Voluntary Ability costs (5) CPs. PR = 0 per hour.
(30) -8
(32.5) -9
(35) -10

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E) Protected Brain
For (10) CPs, the character is immune to the effects of Called Shots
to their head. This could indicate either that the character’s brain
is hidden away deep within their body, or that they don’t have a
centralized nervous system. This is a Continual Ability. PR = 0 per
round.

F) Super Leap
This Voluntary Ability multiplies the character’s leaping distance
(see 4.4.3). PR=0 per hour for continuous leaping (not including
the PR cost of Pushing individual leaps). The leap distance
multiplier depends on the character’s CPs in this Ability:

CPs Leaping Distance Multiplier


(2.5) x2
(5) x4
(7.5) x8
(10) x16
(12.5) x32
(15) x64
(17.5) x128
(20) x256
(22.5) x512
(25) x1024
The villainous sword-swinging wall-crawler, Spyder!
(27.5) x2048
(30) x4096
(32.5) x8192 POISON/VENOM
(35) x16384 This is the ability to use a damaging or paralytic poison (or venom)
(37.5) x32768
against one’s opponents. There is a PR of 2 per use. Choose one
(40) x65536
(42.5) x131072 of the following two Abilities:
(47.5) x262144
(50) x524288 A) Damaging Poison
This is a Voluntary attack Ability. If the attack hits, the target must
G) Super Lungs make an EN save at a difficulty of -8 or begin to suffer Biochemical
The character can inhale a 1” (5’) cube of gas or liquid, and hold damage. The target may Roll to increase their EN save. Their
it for as long as they can hold their breath. This Voluntary Ability protection against Biochemical damage (if any) applies against
costs (5) CPs. Double the character’s lung capacity per (+5) CPs. the Poison/Venom damage, which doesn’t cause Knockback.
This Ability doesn’t provide immunity from the harmful effects of The amount of Biochemical damage inflicted depends on the
gasses or liquids inhaled. PR = 0 per hour. character’s Poison/Venom CPs:

H) Super Stomach CPs Poison/Venom Biochemical Damage


(5) 3
The character can eat (or drink) a 1” (5’) cube of solid (or liquid)
(10) 4
matter per action. Max. SR = 1. +1 SR per (+5) CPs. Double the (15) 5
amount eaten per action per (+5) CPs. This Voluntary Ability (20) 6
doesn’t provide immunity from the harmful effects of materials (25) 7
ingested. PR = 0 per hour. (30) 8
(35) 9
(40) 10
I) Wall-Crawling (45) 11
The character can walk or crawl along sheer vertical or inverted (50) 12
surfaces. The strength of the cling equals the character’s own
weight-based Mass roll (not their Base HTH damage roll, unless Once they’ve been affected the target saves again, once per
they’re actively holding on to something). See Knockback (see round, with the same adjusted target number as they had for their
4.8.5). This Voluntary Ability costs (5) CPs. PR = 0 per hour. initial save. The target suffers the Poison/Venom damage (minus
their Biochemical protection) each time the save fails. Once a
• Wall-Crawling Modifier: ST-Based Cling save succeeds, the Poison/Venom wears off.
There is a (+5) cost adjustment if the strength of the cling equals
the character’s ST-based Base HTH Damage roll.
• Damaging Poison Modifier: Harder Save
Subtract 1 from the target’s EN save per (+2.5) cost adjustment.
• Wall-Crawling Modifier: Increased Cling
Double the strength of the cling (x2 Weight or x2 Carrying • Damaging Poison Modifier: Easier Save
Capacity) per (+2.5) cost adjustment. Add 1 to the target’s EN save per (-2.5) cost adjustment.

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B) Paralytic Poison POWER BLAST
This is a Voluntary attack Ability. If it hits, the target must make an The character can project powerful bolts of force. This is a
EN save or be paralyzed as per the Paralysis Ray Ability (see standard Energy damage attack, with a range of (ST+EN)/2”. PR
above). The target may Roll to increase their EN save, and their = 1 per use. This is a Voluntary Ability.
Protection against Biochemical damage is also added to the
target number. The EN save receives a further difficulty modifier CPs Power Blast Energy Damage Roll
depending on the Poison/Venom CPs: (0) d6
(2.5) d6+1
CPs Initial Poison/Venom EN Save (5) 2d4
(2.5) +2 (7.5) d4+d6
(5) +1 (10) 2d6
(7.5) 0 (12.5) d6+d8
(10) -1 (15) 2d8
(12.5) -2 (17.5) d8+d10
(15) -3 (20) 2d10
(17.5) -4 (22.5) d10+d12
(20) -5 (25) 2d12
(22.5) -6 (27.5) 3d8
(25) -7 (30) 2d8+d10
(27.5) -8 (32.5) d8+2d10
(30) -9 (35) 3d10
(32.5) -10 (37.5) 2d10+d12
(35) -11 (40) d10+2d12
(37.5) -12 (42.5) 3d12
(40) -13 (45) 3d12+1
(42.5) -14 (47.5) 3d12+2
(45) -15 (50) 4d10
(47.5) -16
(50) -17 Power Blast can be used as a Counterblast against other attacks
that use the same Damage Type (see 4.14.5).
If paralyzed, the target saves again once per round with a further
difficulty modifier of -12 on their chances of success. Once the
save succeeds, they’re no longer paralyzed.
REFLECTION
This is the Voluntary Ability to reflect incoming attacks of certain
damage types, rather than being harmed by them.
• Poison/Venom Modifier: Ingested
An ingested poison is only effective if the target eats or drinks it. This Ability consists of two parts:
The target gets a Taste perception check vs. the ‘attacker’s’
ability to disguise its presence (their IN save -10, with career Reflection Protection
background modifiers), to notice it before ingesting enough to do If the character has a saved action, they may use it to reflect
harm. There is no cost adjustment to make the poison Ingested. attacks of certain damage sub-types - taking 1/4 damage
(rounded down) from the reflected attack. PR=0 per use.

The number of damage types the character can Reflect depends


on their Reflection Protection CPs. The character may assign their
CPs as desired among any combination of full, sub-and specific
damage forms. It costs (2.5) CPs to Reflect a specific damage
form, (5) CPs to Reflect a damage sub-type, and (10) CPs to
Reflect a full damage type.

Reflection of a full damage type enables the character to Reflect


a broad range of similar kinds of damage. For example, the full
Energy damage type includes the sub-types of heat, electricity,
radiation, light, etc.

Reflection of a damage sub-type only enables the character to


Reflect one kind of damage out of a full damage type. For
example, the character might choose only the electricity,
radiation, or light sub-type out of the full Energy damage type.

Reflection of a specific damage form only enables the character


to Reflect a very specific form of damage within a sub-type. For
example, only bullets out of the Sharp Kinetic sub-type, only
Flames out of the Heat sub-type, only Lasers out of the Light sub-
type, etc.
Gauntlet, power-blasting leader of the Mighty Protectors® team

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Reflection Effect REGENERATION
Reflected damage can immediately be used as an attack, either
The character has the Continual Ability to heal hit point damage
back upon the character who originated it or against any other
more rapidly than normal.
target within the range of the reflected attack (from the reflecting
character), and the reflecting character’s line of sight. The base The character must specify a form of damage that they can only
chance to hit is calculated as per the attack type, applying all of recover from at the normal healing rate: fire, silvered weapons,
the character’s relevant Abilities. wooden stakes, etc.

Example: Rebound is able to reflect blunt kinetic damage. For Regeneration takes a turn to use; the character must ‘rest’ during
every point of blunt kinetic damage he reflects, he may direct 1 that turn in order to Regenerate. PR = 0 per use.
point of blunt kinetic damage upon another target.
CPs Regeneration
The limit to how much the character may reflect depends on their (0) 1 per 3 hours
Reflection Effect CPs: (2.5) 1 per hour
(5) 1 per 30 minutes
CPs Reflection Effect Limit (7.5) 1 per 5 minutes
(-5) 8 (10) 1 per 3 minutes
(-2.5) 10 (12.5) 1 per 3 rounds
(0) 13 (15) 1 per 2 rounds
(2.5) 15 (17.5) 1 per round
(5) 18 (20) 2 per round
(7.5) 20 (22.5) 3 per round
(10) 23 (25) 4 per round
(12.5) 25 (27.5) 5 per round
(15) 28 (30) 6 per round
(17.5) 30 (32.5) 7 per round
(20) 33 (35) 8 per round
(22.5) 35 (37.5) 9 per round
(25) 38 (40) 10 per round
(27.5) 40 (42.5) 11 per round
(30) 43 (45) 12 per round
(32.5) 45 (47.5) 13 per round
(35) 48 (50) 14 per round
(37.5) 50
(40) 53 • Regeneration Modifier: Limited
(42.5) 55
The character can’t regenerate the damage caused by an entire
(45) 58
(47.5) 60 damage sub-type (heat energy, sharp kinetic, etc.). They must
(50) 63 heal such damage at their normal healing rate. This Modifier has
a (-2.5) CP cost adjustment. If the character can’t regenerate
The character may only reflect damage up to their reflection limit. from an entire damage type, the cost adjustment is (-5) CPs.
Any reflected damage in excess of their reflection limit can’t be
re-directed. • Regeneration Modifier: Unlimited
The character can regenerate any kind of damage. This Modifier
• Reflection Effect Modifier: Breaking Point has a (+5) cost adjustment.
If something else happens when the character reflects points past
their limit, then choose among the following Modifiers, applying • Regeneration Modifier: Constant
the listed cost adjustments: The character heals even when they're not resting. This Modifier
has a (+10) cost adjustment.
Cost
Breaking Point Effect Modifier Adjustment
The character loses the use of Reflection until (-5) • Regeneration Modifier: Heal From Death
they can recover, which takes about 1 day. The character can recover Hits even if they've been killed. If the
The character takes all of the incoming (-10) character has sustained damage in excess of their Hits, those
damage, and can’t reflect it back. The points of "Overkill" damage must be healed first. The character
character may roll with this damage.
must specify one way in which they can be permanently slain
The character explodes, dealing 1 point of (-15)
damage per reflected point to all targets within (decapitation, for example). This Modifier has a (+5) cost
a diameter in inches equal to 1/5 of the adjustment, or (+10) if there is no way to permanently slay the
number of reflected points, rounded up. The character.
character may not re-direct the reflected
damage, nor may they roll with it, but others • Regeneration Modifier: Power Regeneration
may.
The character can regenerate Power points, rather than Hits.
Double the listed rate, but only Power is regenerated. There is no
cost adjustment.

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(20) 2d8+d10
(22.5) d8+2d10
(25) 3d10
(27.5) 2d10+d12
(30) d10+2d12
(32.5) 3d12
(35) 3d12+1
(37.5) 3d12+2
(40) 4d10
(42.5) 3d10+d12
(45) 2d10+2d12
(47.5) d10+3d12
(50) 4d12

Repulsion can be used to Counterblast attacks by physical


weapons and projectiles.

REVIVICATION
The character can raise entities which were once alive, but have
died, from the dead. This is a Voluntary Ability. Range = touch, and
it takes 1 minute and a PR of 24 to use. Revived characters receive
one day’s healing worth of Hits, and Power equal to their own
ENx2. Revivication may only be attempted once per corpse.

CPs Revivication Task Check Target Number


(2.5) 3
(5) 5
(7.5) 8
(10) 10
(12.5) 13
(15) 15
(17.5) 18
(20) 20
(22.5) 23
(25) 25
(27.5) 28
The illusion-weaving master villainess, Mirage! (30) 30
(32.5) 33
REPULSION BLAST (35) 35
(37.5) 38
Repulsion Blast is a standard Kinetic knockback attack (see 4.8.5), (40) 40
with a range of STx2”, PR = 1 per use. This could represent a blast (42.5) 43
of water, brute telekinetic force, a gravitic anomaly, etc. This is a (45) 45
Voluntary Ability. (47.5) 48
(50) 50
This attack’s ‘damage’ only causes Knockback. Protection
Abilities reduce the knockback taken, as does the target’s Mass The longer the subject has been dead, the greater the difficulty
roll, and the target may further reduce the amount of knockback of reviving them. Apply the closest difficulty modifier from the
by rolling with the attack. Repulsion doesn’t cause Hit damage following table. If the body has been preserved, base the difficulty
directly, but of course the target may suffer damage indirectly by on the relative amount of decomposition.
being knocked back into things (as well as potentially causing
How Long Dead Difficulty
damage to those things).
Turns +10
Minutes +5
The amount of knockback damage inflicted by a Repulsion Blast Hours 0
depends on the number of CPs the character has in this Ability: Days -5
Weeks -10
CPs Repulsion Blast Kinetic ‘Damage’ Roll Months -15
(-5) 2d4 Years -20
(-2.5) d6+d4 Decades -25
(0) 2d6 Centuries -30
(2.5) d6+d8 Millennia -35
(5) 2d8
(7.5) d8+d10
(10) 2d10
(12.5) d10+d12
(15) 2d12
(17.5) 3d8

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SHAPE-SHIFTING (15)
(17.5)
89 lbs
134 lbs
The character can change their shape. This takes an action, and (20) 200 lbs
PR = 0 per hour. This is a Persistent Ability. (22.5) 300 lbs
(25) 447 lbs
There are three basic categories of shapes: people, non-sentient (27.5) 669 lbs
creatures, and inanimate objects. It costs (5) CPs for the ability to (30) 1,000 lbs
(32.5) 1,495 lbs
assume a single shape within one of those categories, for
(35) 2,236 lbs
example a blue-skinned man, a wolf, or an obelisk. For (10) CPs, (37.5) 3,344 lbs
the character can assume any shape within a specified sub-class (40) 5,000 lbs
of a category, for example any female human, any mammal, or (42.5) 7,477 lbs
any container. For (15) CPs, the character can assume any shape (45) 11,180 lbs
within a category, for example any person, any creature, or any (47.5) 16,718 lbs
inanimate object. Pay separately for the ability to assume shapes (50) 25,000 lbs
within different categories.
The character may create and maintain as many different
shapes, and as much weight in shapes, as the limit of their Power
The shapes the character can assume don’t seem completely
can afford. There is a PR of 0 per round to maintain each shape.
realistic to Full or Analytical senses, nor may the character
attempt to match the appearance of any specific individual.
The Structural Rating (SR) of the shapes the character creates
must be specified when this Ability is taken. Shapes which have
Taking on a particular shape confers only the most simplistic
higher SR are smaller (because they’re denser), but they’re also
physical characteristics derived from its form (for example, the
physically tougher. See section 5.1 for a table of the Structural
ability to float on water when in the shape of a boat, or to fall
Ratings of various materials.
slowly when in the shape of a parachute). The character may also
slightly increase or decrease in size (up to x1.5 profile, or down to
A shape’s size in cubic feet equals its weight, divided by 50,
¼ profile, see Size Change).
divided by 1 greater than its structural rating.
To give the character Abilities which only function while they’re in
Example: A steel wall (SR 11) weighing 1000 lbs. is 1000/50/ (11+1)
a certain shape, either use the Arsenal or Transformation Ability,
= 1.67 cubic feet in size. If this wall fills a corridor 5’ wide by 8’ tall,
or take the Linked Modifier.
then it’s 1.67/(5 x 8) = .04175 feet thick (about ½”). Likewise, it takes
50 cubic feet to completely fill a ½” (2.5’) Vehicle system space
• Shape-Shifting Modifier: Enhanced Realism to ceiling height (8 feet), and 200 cubic feet to similarly fill a 1” (5’)
Apply a cost adjustment of (+5) if the character’s shapes appear movement space.
realistic to Full senses, or (+10) if they can withstand the scrutiny of
Analytical senses. The character can mold a newly-created shape into any
inanimate form. They must succeed at an AG-based task check
• Shape-Shifting Modifier: Impersonation to make a shape especially complex, strange, aesthetically
There is a cost adjustment of (+5) if the character can assume pleasing, etc. If the task check fails, the shape is still created but it
shapes which duplicate the appearance of a specific individual doesn’t have exactly the desired characteristics.
or thing. The character can only match a specific appearance to
the degree with which they’re familiar with the original. A single shape can be made up of several interconnecting parts
which can move relative to one another. For example, a
character might create a giant scissors with two moving,
SHAPING connected parts. The entire scissors would only count as a single
This Voluntary Ability enables a character to create and maintain shape.
solid constructs of inert matter or kinetic energy at a range of up
to AG”, within their line of sight. A character can lift and carry any shape they create, regardless
of its weight, and regardless of their Carrying Capacity. It only
Shaping takes an action to use. The amount of matter or solid takes 1" of movement to operate an existing, carried creation if
energy that a character can create per point of Power they it’s constructed out of simple moving parts.
spend depends on their Shaping CPs. This PR may not be
removed, though it may be increased or converted to Charges: Shaping can’t be used in any way which would require a roll to
hit an actively defensive target. This doesn't prevent it from being
CPs Shaping used as an Area attack (4.7.5) against an un-moving spot of
(-10) 2 lbs
ground, even though targets in that area would have to make
(-7.5) 3 lbs
rolls to leap clear, nor does it prevent it from being used to encase
(-5) 3.5 lbs
(-2.5) 5 lbs a completely defenseless target, like an unconscious person. You
(0) 8 lbs can't ‘blast’ a target with a shape, but you could drop it on an
(2.5) 12 lbs area or use it as an improvised weapon (see 4.14.7). You can't
(5) 18 lbs Grapple a target with Shaping, but you could seal up the door of
(7.5) 26 lbs the room they’re in, or create a shape over a wide area to trap a
(10) 40 lbs
target inside.
(12.5) 60 lbs

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Unless otherwise specified, shapes deal Blunt Kinetic damage
(and Knockback). If the character defines a particular shape as
‘Sharp’ when they create it, then it deals +2 extra damage but no
Knockback. Alternately, a character’s shapes could be defined
as some form of Energy, Biochemical material, or Entropic
substance or force when this Ability is taken – in which case their
shapes deal that Damage Type (and Knockback) when they hit.

Shapes remain in existence until they’re intentionally dispersed, or


the character loses consciousness, or the shape is completely
destroyed. A shape is destroyed when it loses all of its Hits.

A shape’s Hits are determined by cross-indexing its total weight in


the Carrying Capacity column of the BC Table with the EN Hits
columns and multiplying by 2. For example, a 2700 lb. shape has
(13x2) =26 Hits. Each Shape has a minimum of 1 Hit, regardless of
its weight. A Shape that is reduced to 0 Hits by damage is
destroyed.

It takes an action and half its Power cost (rounded up) to


completely change the form of an existing shape. When an
existing shape is re-shaped, any damage it has suffered is
repaired. Shapes which have been completely destroyed can’t
be repaired, though they may be entirely re-created. A shape
may be modified and reduced in size (without repairing its Hits) at
no Power cost, or modified and increased in size (repairing its Hits)
by paying the Power cost of its new size.

• Shaping Modifier: Animation


This Modifier allows a character to animate the shapes they
create. This Modifier has a cost adjustment of (+5). Animating a
shape only takes 1” of the character’s movement. Animated
shapes can make melee attacks, with a damage roll equal to
their Mass roll (see 2.1.9). It takes an action to give an animated
Shape an action, and Shapes use their creator's chance to hit in
combat.

Shapes can move anywhere that’s within the range of their


creator's Shaping Ability, if they’re animated. Their creator can’t Black America of the Protectors superhero team wields two small
ride on them, or be carried by them, unless the shape has its own bucklers on the backs of his hands, with which he parries attacks.
movement ability (see below).
SHIELD
• Shaping Modifier: Requires Source This Voluntary Ability enables a character to protect themself from
If this Modifier is taken, the character must have an external attacks by blocking them. Shields can also be used to perform
source of matter or energy to shape. For example, a character standard melee attacks (see 4.14.10).
who has fire shaping would need to have access to a large open
flame to shape. The amount that can be shaped is limited to the Shields are Gear by default, and can’t get any cost adjustment
character's Shaping Ability, or the amount of energy available, by adding on that Modifier, nor may it be ‘bought off’.
whichever is less. This Modifier has a cost adjustment of (-5), or (-
10) if the source material or energy is rare. The character may use their shield for Defense against any
Physical (not Mental) attack that they can see coming. This gives
If the character has an Ability that generates the correct matter the character a bonus of +4 to their Defense against that attack.
or energy type, then this Modifier yields no cost adjustment. PR=0 per use.

• Shaping Modifier: Shape Abilities However, if the attack ‘misses’ then that means it impacted the
The character can buy Abilities for their shapes at a cost shield – and thus a damage roll must be made to determine
adjustment of (-5) on that Ability. For example, a character who whether the shield breaks. The shield receives a bonus to its
creates bird shapes might want to give their Shapes the Flight Breakpoint depending on the character’s Shield CPs. See the
Ability. Gear Modifier in 4.14.2.7 to find the shield’s default breakpoint.
Against attacks which don’t deal damage, a ‘miss’ still requires
the character to save against the attack, but adding the shield’s
Breakpoint modifier (from the table below) to the target number.

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CPs Shield Breakpoint The number of CPs the character can Siphon per attack depends
(-5) +0 on their Siphon CPs:
(-2.5) +1
(0) +2 CPs Siphon Attack Entropy ‘Damage’ Roll
(2.5) +3 (-5) d2-1
(5) +4 (-2.5) d2
(7.5) +5 (0) d3
(10) +6 (2.5) d4
(12.5) +7 (5) d6
(15) +8 (7.5) d6+1
(17.5) +9 (10) 2d4
(20) +10 (12.5) d4+d6
(22.5) +11 (15) 2d6
(25) +12 (17.5) d6+8
(27.5) +13 (20) 2d8
(30) +14 (22.5) d8+d10
(32.5) +15 (25) 2d10
(35) +16 (27.5) d10+d12
(37.5) +17 (30) 2d12
(40) +18 (32.5) 3d8
(42.5) +19 (35) 2d8+d10
(45) +20 (37.5) d8+2d10
(47.5) +21 (40) 3d10
(50) +22 (42.5) 2d10+d12
(45) d10+2d12
• Shield Modifier: Parry Bonus (47.5) 3d12
Increase the shield’s defense bonus against physical attacks by 1 (50) 3d12+1
point for each (2.5) CPs added to the cost of the Shield.
For example, Decanter is able to Siphon 2d6 CPs worth of Mystical
Abilities. For every point he inflicts with his Siphon Ability, he
• Shield Modifier: Innate
temporarily gains (and the target loses) (1) CP of a Mystical Ability
If the Shield is part of the character’s physical body, or if it’s an of his choice (assuming the target has any such Abilities) per point
effect generated by the character’s body, then it can’t be which penetrates the target’s Protection, and which the victim
disarmed or taken away. There is a (+2.5) cost adjustment for this doesn’t ‘roll’ with. If he was ‘empty’, and siphoned (4) CPs of his
Modifier. victim’s mystical Ice Blast, he would gain the use of the Ice Blast
at (2.5) CPs (because he’d need to Siphon (5) CPs of it to gain it
SIPHON at the 5-point level), and his victim would lose (4) CPs of their Ice
This is the Voluntary Ability to drain a target’s CPs in certain Blast and no longer be able to use it at full force. If he then
Abilities, and to utilize those siphoned points to one’s own siphoned (8) more CPs, it would add to the (4) he’d already
advantage. siphoned giving him (12) CPs of Ice Blast.

Siphon is a variant of the standard attack, with a Touch range, The limit to how much the character may siphon is the same as
dealing Entropy-based damage. It takes an action and PR = 0 to their current Ability Cap (see 2.1.16.5). Once the character has
use. Siphon attacks don’t cause Knockback. reached their Ability Cap, they no longer get to keep any further
points they Siphon.
The character must choose one of the following Siphon types
when this Ability is taken: Siphoned points dissipate one hour after they’re taken.

Effect Per Siphoned points are recovered at the victim’s healing rate
Damage (except for Power, which is recovered at their resting rate). They
Siphon Type Point can also be restored using the Healing Ability.
Abilities: Specify whether the character can
siphon traditional super Abilities, technological • Siphon Modifier: Suppress
Abilities, mystical Abilities, or information (Ht.
Expertise, Experience Levels, Knowledge, Apply a cost adjustment of (-10) if the character gains no personal
Inventing, etc.) and memories (for 5 CPs each) benefit from those Siphoned points (they merely deprive their
1 CP
when this Ability is taken. The attacker chooses opponent of those points, until they’re recovered).
which specific Ability to siphon, from the
victim’s appropriate Abilities (if any) each time
• Siphon Modifier: Mimicry
Siphon is used. The siphoned Abilities come with
the same Modifiers that the target has on them. If this Modifier is taken, the character’s Siphon doesn’t actually
Attributes: Specify which BC can be siphoned reduce the target’s points in the ‘attacked’ Ability. It merely
1 BC point
when this Ability is taken. generates points of that Ability for the character. There is a (-10)
Hits 1 Hit cost adjustment.
Power 2 Power
Points

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• Siphon Effect Modifier: Replenishment (30) 24’ x4 x64 +18 +18
(32.5) 27' x4.5 x96 +20 +19
If the Siphoned points go into an Ability that can be damaged or
(35) 30’ x5 x128 +21 +21
expended (such as Hits or Power), the character may use Siphon (37.5) 34' x5.7 x196 +23 +22
to replenish those points – up to, but not exceeding, their original (40) 38’ x6.4 x256 +24 +24
maximum. Siphoned points used to Replenish don’t dissipate. This (42.5) 43' x7.2 x392 +26 +25
Modifier has a (+5) cost adjustment. (45) 48’ x8 x512 +27 +27
(47.5) 55' x9.1 x784 +29 +28
(50) 61’ x10.1 x1024 +30 +30
• Siphon Effect Modifier: Split Points
Siphoned points don’t all have come from (or to go to) the same Apply the given modifiers to the character’s height, profile,
place. The character may split them between two or more weight, ST, and EN while enlarged. Re-calculate the character’s
Abilities. They must specify how the siphoned points are split when Move, Power, Hits, etc. to reflect their adjusted scores.
they choose this Modifier: equally divided among several Abilities
(round up), divided by pre-established proportions (again • Size Change Larger Modifier: Multiple Sizes
rounded up), or N points to the first Ability, then N points to the
Enabling the character to stop at any of the different sizes
second, etc. There is no cost adjustment for splitting Siphoning
between (0) CPs and their maximum size carries a cost adjustment
between multiple things.
of (+5). This Modifier requires the Activation Required Modifier.

• Siphon Effect Modifier: Overload • Size Change Larger Modifier: Massive


Something bad could happen when the character siphons points
Optionally, the character can become more massive (i.e. fatter
past their limit. Choose among the following Modifiers, applying
or more muscular) rather than tall – by ignoring the height
the listed cost adjustment:
increase normally associated with Size Change: Larger. The
character’s profile still changes, due to increased width. Up to (20)
Cost
CPs of Size Change: Larger can be taken in this manner - at which
Overload Effect Modifier Adjustment
All of the points siphoned so far are lost (-5) point the character is nearly spherical. Any additional Size
The character takes 1 point of damage per Change: Larger Ability levels MUST include height. There is no cost
siphoned point, and then the siphoned points adjustment for using this Modifier.
(-10)
are lost. The character may roll with this
damage. • Size Change Larger Modifier: Big & Tall
The character explodes, dealing 1 point of
damage per siphoned point to all targets A character may be described as ‘big’ or ‘tall’, applying any
within a diameter in inches equal to 1/5 of the Height and Weight modifiers less than those listed for (10) CPs, at
number of siphoned points, rounded up to the (-15) no CP cost. Characters who are merely ‘big’ or ‘tall’ don’t receive
nearest odd number. The siphoned are lost. the Size Change: Larger modifiers to their ST or EN.
The character may NOT roll with this damage,
but others may.

SIZE CHANGE
Choose whether the character is larger or smaller than average.

A) Size Change: Larger


The character is larger than average human size. This is a
Continual Ability. PR = 0 per hour.

Larger characters sometimes encounter complications because


of their increased size. In particular, large characters are easier to
hit at a distance, and suffer penalties when trying to hit smaller
opponents at a distance because of their increased Profile.

The degree of change depends on this Ability’s CPs:

CPs Height Profile Weight ST EN


(0) 6’ x1 x1 - -
(2.5) 7' x1.2 x1.5 +2 +1
(5) 8’ x1.3 x2 +3 +3 Doctor Micron is a surgeon to the superhero community.
(7.5) 9' x1.5 x3.2 +5 +4
(10) 10’ x1.6 x4 +6 +6 B) Size Change: Smaller
(12.5) 11' x1.9 x6.4 +8 +7
(15) 12’ x2 x8 +9 +9 The character can switch between normal human size and a
(17.5) 14' x2.3 x12 +11 +10 smaller size. This is a Persistent Ability, PR=0 per hour. Smaller
(20) 15’ x2.5 x16 +12 +12 characters sometimes encounter complications because of their
(22.5) 17' x2.9 x24 +14 +13 decreased size. Changing size takes the character’s entire
(25) 19’ x3.2 x32 +15 +15 movement phase. The degree of change depends on this Ability’s
(27.5) 22' x3.6 x48 +17 +16 CPs:

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CPs Height Profile Weight ST EN CPs Sonic Blast Kinetic Damage Roll
(0) 6’ (person) x1 x1 - - (-5) d2-1
(2.5) 4 1/2' (short person) /1.5 x.67 -1 - (-2.5) d2
(5) 3’ (little person) /2 x.125 -1 -1 (0) d3
(7.5) 2' (baby) /4 x.0156 -2 -1 (2.5) d4
(10) 1’ (doll) /6 x.005 -2 -2 (5) d6
(12.5) 2/3' (7 1/2") /15 x.0003 -3 -2
(7.5) d6+1
(15) 3” (action figure) /24 x.00007 -3 -3
(10) d8+1
(17.5) 1.8" /72 0 -4 -3
(20) .6” (15mm miniature) /120 0 -4 -4 (12.5) d10+1
(22.5) 1/3" (fly) /420 0 -5 -4 (15) 2d6
(25) 1/10” (flea) /720 0 -5 -5 (17.5) d6+d8
(27.5) 1/18" /2880 0 -6 -5 (20) 2d8
(30) 1/64” (363 microns) /5040 0 -6 -6 (22.5) d8+d10
(32.5) 204 microns /22680 0 -7 -6 (25) 2d10
(35) 45 microns /40320 0 -7 -7 (27.5) d10+d12
(37.5) 25 microns /201600 0 -8 -7 (30) 2d12
(40) 5 microns /362880 0 -8 -8 (32.5) 3d8
(42.5) 2.8 microns /1995840 0 -9 -8 (35) 2d8+d10
(45) .5 microns (500 nm) /3628800 0 -9 -9 (37.5) d8+2d10
(47.5) 275 nm /21772800 0 -10 -9 (40) 3d10
(50) 50 nm /39916800 0 -10 -10 (42.5) 2d10+d12
(45) d10+2d12
Apply the given modifiers to the character’s height, profile, (47.5) 3d12
weight, ST, and EN and multiply their movement rates by their (50) 3d12+1
Profile while small. Attribute scores can’t fall below 0: once ST or
EN become 0, any additional ST or EN penalty must be deducted A Sonic Blast can be used as a Counterblast against physical
from the other. When BOTH ST and EN are 0, any additional ST or projectiles, as well as other Sonic attacks (see see 4.14.5).
EN penalty must be deducted from the character’s IN. Re-
calculate the character’s Hits, Power, etc. to reflect their adjusted B) Sound Creation
scores. If the character wishes their Sonic Abilities to include the creation
of sound effects, they may assign CPs to the Illusions Ability,
• Size Change Smaller Modifier: Multiple Sizes specializing in sound.
Enabling the character to stop at any of the different sizes
between Normal and their minimum size carries a cost adjustment C) Sonic Boom
of (+5). This Voluntary Ability allows the character to emit a deafening
burst of sound, affecting every target with the ability to perceive
• Size Change Smaller Modifier: Short & Thin audible sounds within a diameter of 5” centered on themself. This
A character may be described as ‘thin’ or ‘short’, applying any save attack has no Damage Type, and can only be mitigated by
Height and Weight modifiers less than those listed for Ability level the Protected Sense Modifier, applied to an audible sound sense.
(10) CPs, at no cost. Characters who are merely ‘short’ or ‘thin’ Every target which doesn’t escape the area must make an EN
don’t receive the Size Change: Smaller modifiers to their ST or EN, save or lose one level of their audible sound senses. Affected
or the benefits of having a reduced Profile. targets are allowed another save to recover every between-
rounds phase, at a further penalty of -14, to recover. If their initial
• Size Change Smaller Modifier: Non-Proportional EN save is a fumble, however, then the target is permanently
Movement deafened. The PR for a sonic boom is 2 per attack.
For a cost adjustment of (+2.5) per movement mode, the
character’s profile does not reduce their movement rate using CPs Sonic Boom Save
(-5) EN+6
that movement mode.
(-2.5) EN+5
(0) EN+4
SONIC ABILITIES (2.5) EN+3
(5) EN+2
The character has the ability to generate sound waves. Choose
(7.5) EN+1
among the following Abilities: (10) EN+0
(12.5) EN-1
A) Sonic Blast (15) EN-2
(17.5) EN-3
The character can release a standard Sonic (Blunt Kinetic
(20) EN-4
damage) attack with a range of STx2” at a PR cost of 1 per use. (22.5) EN-5
This is a Voluntary Ability. (25) EN-6
(27.5) EN-7
Sonic attacks may be tuned to shatter targets. Subtract the (30) EN-8
target’s kinetic armor from the Sonic attack’s chances of hitting, (32.5) EN-9
but if the attack hits then its damage ignores the target’s Kinetic (35) EN-10
(37.5) EN-11
armor.
(40) EN-12
(42.5) EN-13

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(45) EN-14 Alternately, the character can carry 3 of the weapons but then
(47.5) EN-15 the range is only ST/2”.
(50) EN-16
B) Special Missile Weapon
• Sonic Boom Modifier: Louder Boom
This is a Voluntary Ability. By default, missile weapons have a range
For a cost adjustment of (+5) CPs, an affected target loses two
of AGx2”, make a standard attack, are Gear, and have 12
levels of their audible sound senses. For (+15) CPs, they lose 3
charges (or a PR cost of 2 per use).
audible sound sense levels.
Special Missile Weapons inflict either ‘blunt’ (hammer, rock,
• Sonic Boom Modifier: Other Sense boomerang, etc.) or ‘sharp’ (spear, bullet, arrow, etc.) Kinetic
The character may choose to make this Ability affect some sense damage. Sharp weapons deal more damage, but they don’t
other than audible sound. There is no cost adjustment. inflict Knockback.

SPECIAL WEAPON CPs


Special Missile Weapon Kinetic Damage
Blunt Weapon Sharp Weapon
The character possesses a unique weapon. Choose whether the (-5) d2 d4
Special Weapon is designed for melee or missile combat. Special (-2.5) d3 d6
Weapons are Voluntary Abilities, with a PR of 0 per use. (0) d4 d6+1
(2.5) d6 d8+1
(5) d6+1 d10+1
A) Special Melee Weapon (7.5) d8+1 2d6
This is a Voluntary Ability. By default, melee weapons have only (10) d10+1 d6+d8
touch/melee range, are Gear, and make a standard attack (12.5) 2d6 2d8
inflicting Kinetic damage equal to the character’s Base HTH (15) d6+d8 d8+d10
damage plus a damage bonus when they hit. (17.5) 2d8 2d10
(20) d8+d10 d10+d12
(22.5) 2d10 2d12
Special Melee Weapons inflict either ‘blunt’ (club, hammer, staff,
(25) d10+d12 3d8
etc.) or ‘sharp’ (sword, spear, axe, etc.) Kinetic damage. Sharp (27.5) 2d12 2d8+d10
weapons deal more damage, but they don’t inflict Knockback. (30) 3d8 d8+2d10
(32.5) 2d8+d10 3d10
Special Melee Weapon Kinetic Damage (35) d8+2d10 2d10+d12
CPs Blunt Weapon Sharp Weapon (37.5) 3d10 d10+2d12
(-7.5) -d2 +0 (40) 2d10+d12 3d12
(-5) -d2-1 +d2-1 (42.5) d10+2d12 3d12+1
(-2.5) +0 +d2 (45) 3d12 3d12+2
(0) +d2-1 +d3 (47.5) 3d12+1 4d10
(2.5) +d2 +d4 (50) 3d12+2 3d10+d12
(5) +d3 +d6
(7.5) +d4 +d6+1 • Special Missile Weapon Modifier: Muscle-Powered
(10) +d6 +d8+1
(12.5) +d6+1 +d10+1 To build a special Missile weapon which deals damage based on
(15) +d8+1 +2d6 the wielder’s base HTH Damage (instead of having its own
(17.5) +d10+1 +d6+d8 damage roll), construct it as a Special Melee Weapon with the
(20) +2d6 +2d8 Range Modifier (and probably Charges).
(22.5) +d6+d8 +d8+d10
(25) +2d8 +2d10
• Special Weapon Modifier: Accuracy
(27.5) +d8+d10 +d10+d12
(30) +2d10 +2d12 There is a (+2.5) cost adjustment to give a Special Weapon +1
(32.5) +d10+d12 +3d8 accuracy, or a (-2.5) cost adjustment to give it -1 accuracy.
(35) +2d12 +2d8+d10
(37.5) +3d8 +d8+2d10 • Special Weapon Modifier: Not Gear
(40) +2d8+d10 +3d10
(42.5) +d8+2d10 +2d10+d12 There is a cost adjustment of (+5) if the weapon isn’t Gear. This
(45) +3d10 +d10+2d12 could be done to simulate martial arts, built-in cyber-weapons,
(47.5) +2d10+d12 +3d12 ‘virtual’ weapons that have no physical substance, enchanted
(50) +d10+2d12 +3d12+1 weapons that never leave their owner’s hand, etc.

• Special Melee Weapon Modifier: Long Reach • Special Weapon Modifier: Restricted Use
For a cost adjustment of (+2.5), the melee weapon can strike There is no cost adjustment if the weapon can only be wielded by
opponents up to 3” away. someone with a sufficiently high ST score, or someone of a certain
bloodline, or only by its normal user, or under any other special
• Special Melee Weapon Modifier: Throwable circumstances specified by the character when this Ability is
There is a (+0) cost adjustment if the special melee weapon can taken.
be thrown accurately. Range = STx2”. Throwing the weapon
prevents the character from using it again until it’s retrieved.

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C) Standard Weapon SPEED
Here is a selection of common, pre-constructed weapon types This Voluntary Ability replaces the character’s calculated Move
with their final CP costs. Characters may simply select their Special (see 2.1.8) with an increased ground movement rate. Their
Weapon from this list if they wish. acceleration rate and top speed, in tabletop movement inches,
depend on their CPs in this Ability as shown on the table below:
Melee Weapon Hit Kinetic Damage Rng CPs
Axe -2 +2d6 sharp touch (10) CPs Acceleration*/Top Speed
Big Axe* -1 +2d8 sharp touch (15) (-10) 2/8 (2.5 mph)
Blade +0 +d8+1 sharp touch (10) (-7.5) 3/12 (3.8 mph)
Chain* +3 +d2 blunt 3” (10) (-5) 4/16 (5 mph)
Club or Staff +2 +d3 blunt touch (10) (-2.5) 6/24 (8 mph)
Javelin +1 +d4 sharp STx2” (5) (0) 8/32 (11 mph)
Long Blade* +1 +2d6 sharp touch (15) (2.5) 12/48 (16 mph)
Large Club* +2 +d6+1 blunt touch (15) (5) 16/64 (21 mph / Mach .03)
Nunchaku +1 +d4 blunt touch (10) (7.5) 24/96 (33 mph / Mach .04)
Short Axe -2 +1d8+1 sharp touch (5) (10) 32/128 (44 mph / Mach .06)
Short Blade +0 +d6 sharp touch (5) (12.5) 48/192 (66 mph / Mach .09)
Small Club +2 +d2-1 blunt touch (5) (15) 64/256 (87 mph / Mach .11)
Spear* +2 +d8+1 sharp 3” (15) (17.5) 96/384 (131 mph / Mach .17)
*2-handed (20) 128/512 (174 mph / Mach .23)
(22.5) 192/768 (262 mph / Mach .34)
Missile Wpn Rng Hit Kinetic Damage CPs (25) 256/1024 (348 mph / Mach .46)
Auto Rifle AGx2 +0 d6+1 sharp (15) (27.5) 384/1536 (523 mph / Mach .69)
2-handed, 24 charges, Autofire x3 (30) 512/2048 (697 mph / Mach .92)
Blast Pistol AGx2 +0 d10+1 energy (10) (32.5) 768/3072 (1045 mph / Mach 1.37)
12 charges (35) 1024/4096 (1393 mph / Mach 1.83)
Blast Rifle AGx2 +0 2d8 energy (15) (37.5) 1536/6144 (2090 mph / Mach 2.75)
2-handed, 12 charges (40) 2048/8192 (2786 mph / Mach 3.66)
Boomerang STx1 +1 +d4 blunt (3) (42.5) 3072/12288 (4179 mph / Mach 5.49)
Range x2 w/o return (45) 4096/16384 (5572 mph / Mach 7.32)
Bow AGx2 +1 +d3 sharp (8) (47.5) 6144/24576 (8358 mph / Mach 10.98)
2-handed, 12 charges (50) 8192/32768 (11144 mph / Mach 14.64)
Heavy Bow AGx2 +1 +d6 sharp (13) *Use the character’s own calculated Move as their Acceleration
2-handed, 12 charges if it’s higher than the Acceleration provided by the Speed Ability.
Pistol AGx2 +0 d10+1 sharp (5)
12 charges Characters with Speed may travel up to their Acceleration rate
Rifle AGx2 +1 d6+d8 sharp (10)
when they first start moving. They may multiply their current rate
2-handed, 12 charges
Short Bow AGx2 +1 +d2-1 sharp (3) of travel by up to 2 each turn, until they reach their top speed.
2-handed, 12 charges Pushing Speed enables the character to multiply their current rate
Shotgun AGx1 +0 d8+d10 blunt (8) by up to 4, and doubles their top speed. They may likewise
2 Charges, 3” Area decelerate to half of their current speed, turn after turn, slowing
Shuriken ST/2 +3 +1 sharp (13) to a stop in one turn once their current speed is equal to their
12 Charges Acceleration or less. There is a PR cost of 1 per hour for long-
duration Speed. Speed works at ¼ rate under water.

• Speed Modifier: Amphibious


For a cost adjustment of (+5), the character’s Speed also works at
full speed under water.

• Speed Modifier: Water Running


Characters with Speed can’t automatically run across the surface
of liquids. This Modifier allows that, and has a cost adjustment of
(+2.5).

• Speed Modifier: Fast Acceleration


For a cost adjustment of (+2.5), increase the character’s
Acceleration rate by 2 steps on the table. For example, a
character with a Top Speed of 64 can normally Accelerate by 16
per action at a cost of (5) CPs. For (+2.5) cost, he can Accelerate
by 32.

• Speed Modifier: Fast Swimming


Speed may be applied to swimming instead of ground
movement for no cost adjustment.
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STRETCHING ABILITIES B) Flattening
These Abilities enable a character to contort their body in various For a cost of (5) CPs, this Persistent Ability enables a character to
unnatural ways. All stretching takes place during the movement flatten their body like a sheet over a maximum square area equal
portion of a character's turn. to their height in game inches (1” for a typical adult human), plus
up to 1/2 of their Elongation (if any), rounded up. For example, a
character with 9" of Elongation could flatten to fill up to a 6" x 6"
A) Elongation
square area. The character doesn’t have to flatten to the ground;
This Persistent Ability enables a character to stretch their physical
they can remain upright, and can bend and contort like a sheet
body lengthwise. Elongated body parts can bend in any
of cloth. This Ability is useful for hiding under rugs, slipping through
direction, regardless of their normal joints. For example, a
door frames, presenting a narrow profile to attackers, and so on.
character with this Ability could extend an arm and wrap it
PR=0 per hour.
snakelike around a lamp post. Elongation allows a character to
make unarmed melee attacks out to the distance allowed by
Characters with Flattening but no Elongation must retain roughly
their CPs in this Ability. The character may also add their
their normal outline while flattened.
Elongation to their ground movement rate per turn. PR=0 per hour.

The distance the character can stretch depends on their C) Inflation


Elongation CPs. Consult the following table. For a cost of (5) CPs, this Persistent Ability enables a character to
puff up their body like a balloon, filling a maximum cubic volume
CPs Elongation equal to their normal height in game inches (1” for a typical adult
(2.5) 2” human) plus up to 1/4 of their Elongation (if any), rounded up. For
(5) 3" example, a character with 18" of Elongation could expand to fill
(7.5) 5” up to a 6" x 6" cubic volume. Inflated characters are pliant like a
(10) 6"
balloon, and may squeeze to fit confined spaces. If our example
(12.5) 9”
(15) 12" character Inflated in a 2" wide x 2" tall corridor, he could fill up to
(17.5) 18” 54" of that corridor's length. PR=0 per hour.
(20) 24"
(22.5) 36” Characters with Inflation but no Elongation or Flattening must
(25) 48" retain roughly their normal shape while inflated.
(27.5) 72”
(30) 96"
(32.5) 144”
D) Oozing
(35) 192” For a cost of (5) CPs, this Persistent Ability allows a character's
(37.5) 288” body to flow like a liquid, enabling them to pass through openings
(40) 384” that are too small to allow a solid being of their size. Oozing
(42.5) 576” doesn’t protect a character from taking damage, nor may they
(45) 768”
remain in liquid form after they emerge from the opening they
(47.5) 1152”
(50) 1536” passed through. PR=0 per hour.

E) Plasticity
The character’s pliable body softens the impact of physical
attacks, providing Kinetic armor protection with no PR, action, or
movement cost. PR=0 per round. This is a Continual Ability.

CPs Kinetic Protection


(2.5) 2
(5) 3
(7.5) 5
(10) 6
(12.5) 8
(15) 9
(17.5) 11
(20) 12
(22.5) 13
(25) 14
(27.5) 15
(30) 16
(32.5) 17
(35) 18
(37.5) 19
(40) 20
(42.5) 21
(45) 22
(47.5) 23
(50) 24
Flexo-Man: voted ‘Most Elastic’ of all former Protectors members.

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F) Shape Changing After the initial purchase, Summoned entities improve by (+1) CP
per experience point earned by the main character. The
If the character wishes their Stretching to include the ability to
character may also spend their earned experience to buy more
take on various shapes, they may assign CPs to the Shape-Shifting
CPs of Summoning, of course.
Ability.

Summoned entities are controlled by the main character’s player,


SUMMONING or by the GM if the main character is an NPC. The Summoner may
This is the Persistent Ability to summon a character or creature also dismiss the Summoned entity at any time, at a cost of only 1”
from one’s surroundings, or from a distant place or dimension, or of movement.
out of thin air. It takes 5 minutes to perform a summoning. Once
the Summoning has been performed, the Summoned entity If a Summoned entity is killed (or irretrievably lost), the character
appears adjacent to the character. Summoned entities are fully can replace them within a week to a month of in-game time.
conscious and aware when they first appear, but they don’t roll
for initiative until the following round. The same being(s) are Only one entity or group (if the Multitudes Modifier is applied) may
summoned each time this Ability is used. PR = 2 to perform the be Summoned at a time. The same entity or group is Summoned
Summoning, and PR = 2 per hour to maintain it. each time.

Summoned entities are constructed with Character Points like any Summoned entities are assumed to be ‘resting’ between
other character. The number of CPs the Summoned entity gets Summonings, recovering their Power and Hits accordingly. They
depends on the main character’s own total points, and their CPs may also rest while Summoned, at the character’s discretion.
in this Ability:
If slain, a Summoned entity is replaced either between missions or
CPs Summoned Points* after a delay of many days (similar to the rate at which broken
(-10) -65 gear gets replaced).
(-7.5) -45
(-5) -35 • Summoning Modifier: Alternate Expiration
(-2.5) -30
Instead of having to pay this Ability’s normal PR cost, the
(0) -27.5
(2.5) -25 character may choose a different set of conditions under which
(5) -22.5 the summoned entity departs. There is no cost adjustment.
(7.5) -20 Choose one of the following options, or make up another
(10) -17.5 (pending GM approval):
(12.5) -15
(15) -12.5 Dawn, Dusk Etc.: The entity departs at a certain time of day
(17.5) -10
(example: at sunrise).
(20) -8.5
(22.5) -7.5
(25) -6.5 Time Limit: The entity departs after 10 hours.
(27.5) -5
(30) -4.5 Task Oriented: The entity departs when a task specified when it
(32.5) -4.5 was summoned is complete. The task must be reasonably within
(35) -4 the entity’s capabilities, else the entity won’t agree. If no
(37.5) -3.5 agreement can be reached within 1 minute of negotiation, the
(40) -3.5 entity departs.
(42.5) -3
(45) -3
Random Departure: The entity rolls a d20 at the end of each hour
(47.5) -2.5
*Add the main character’s character point total to this modifier after it was summoned. If it rolls a 20, it breaks free and departs.
to find the Summoned entity’s total points. They may also take up
to (20) additional CPs in Weaknesses. • Summoning Modifier: Conditional Summoning Time
If this Modifier is taken, entities can be Summoned at the cost of
Example: Runecaster is a Standard power level character, with a only 1 action if they’re within 20” of the summoner, 3 rounds if the
starting point value of 150 CPs. Spending 25 CPs on their entities are available locally but not within 20”, 5 minutes if the
Summoning Ability enables them to Summon an entity (‘Azigor’) entities are native to the character’s current planet but not
with 150-6.5=143.5 CPs. common locally, or 1 hour if the entities aren’t typically found on
the character’s current planet. The ‘home region’ of a fantasy
The Summoned entity’s BC and Ability caps, average damage creature is any region which has ever been occupied by a culture
cap, Gear BCs, etc. are all determined from the number of CPs whose people believe such creatures ever lived among them.
they’re constructed from. There is no cost adjustment.

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character can perform a full separate turn of activity on each of
SUPER SPEED their Initiatives.
This Voluntary Ability accelerates a character's metabolism,
enabling them to take more than one turn each combat round. Example: Turbocharger has a 16 CL (d6+1 Initiative), and gets 3
turns per round due to (20) CPs of Super Speed. He rolls 5, 6, and
If all you want is for your character to run swiftly, you can increase
2 for his initiatives. He will therefore have turns on Phases 5, 11, and
your ground movement rate using the Speed Ability.
13.

The number of extra turns the character gets depends on their


The extra turns can be saved normally (see 4.2.1), but only one
CPs Super Speed:
turn can be taken on any given Phase. All but one saved turn is
lost if they’re not used by the end of the round.
CPs Super Speed PR
(10) +1 turn 2
The use of Super Speed must be declared while rolling Initiative for
(20) +2 turns 4
(30) +3 turns 5 a new round. If the character wishes to use their Super Speed,
(40) +4 turns 8 they must pay their PR at that time. If they don’t activate their
(50) +5 turns 12 Super Speed, they pay no PR but they don’t get any additional
turns on that round.
Characters with Super Speed roll Initiative 1 extra time per round
per ‘extra turn’ of Super Speed. Add the rolls together, noting the The character's Acceleration per turn isn’t affected by Super
total after each roll. These are the character's Initiatives. The Speed, but their top speed is multiplied by the total number of
turns they get per round.

Kinetic Manipulation can also be used to pick up and move


TELEKINESIS objects within its range. The speed at which an object can be
This is the Ability to move objects without touching them. Choose
moved equals the character's own base Move ability (the
from among the following Abilities:
average of their ST, EN, and AG). The character uses their own AG
to manipulate objects at range. Kinetic Manipulation suffers the
A) Kinetic Manipulation normal difficulty penalties due to range and other factors. PR = 1
This Voluntary Ability enables a character to exert ‘telekinetic per attack, per ‘squeeze’, and per attempt to resist a ‘grappled’
strength’ at up to AG” range. This is, in effect, the ability to grab, target trying to escape.
manipulate, strike, or crush physical objects at a distance.
The amount of telekinetic strength (measured in pounds of force)
Kinetic Manipulation can be used as a standard attack to directly that a character can exert depends on their Kinetic Manipulation
damage a target, inflicting blunt Kinetic damage. It can also be CPs:
used as a remote grapple attack to crush an object being
Telekinetically held, again doing blunt Kinetic damage.

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CPs Kinetic Manipulation
(-5) 15 lbs / d2 damage
(-2.5) 19 lbs / d2 damage
(0) 30 lbs / d3 damage
(2.5) 75 lbs / d4 damage
(5) 120 lbs / d6 damage
(7.5) 300 lbs / d6+1 damage
(10) 480 lbs / d8+1 damage
(12.5) 1200 lbs / d10+1 damage
(15) 1920 lbs / 2d6 damage
(17.5) 4800 lbs / d6+d8 damage
(20) 7680 lbs / 2d8 damage
(22.5) 19200 lbs / d8+d10 damage
(25) 30720 lbs / 2d10 damage
(27.5) 76800 lbs / d10+d12 damage
(30) 122880 lbs / 2d12 damage
(32.5) 307200 lbs / 3d8 damage
(35) 491520 lbs / 2d8+d10 damage
(37.5) 1228800 lbs / d8+2d10 damage
(40) 1966080 lbs / 3d10 damage
(42.5) 49152000 lbs / 2d10+d12 damage
(45) 7864320 lbs / d10+2d12 damage
(47.5) 19660800 lbs / 3d12 damage
(50) 31457280 lbs / 3d12+1 damage

The character can telekinetically ‘hold’ one object at a time, and


still telekinetically grab, move, strike, or crush something else.
Once the character is telekinetically ‘holding’ two objects, they
can’t affect a third. The character is able to exert their full
telekinetic capacity against every object they’re affecting. Crime Teacher’s Crime Academy trains young new supervillains!

Kinetic Manipulation can be used as a Counterblast against Once contact has been established, the subject may make a CL
physical weapons and projectiles. save (opposed by the telepath's IN), taking an action, to break
contact.
• Kinetic Manipulation Modifier: Single Target
If the character can only affect one target at a time, apply a (-5) There is a PR of 1 per hour per individual being contacted.
cost adjustment.
For an initial cost of (5) CPs, the character may transmit either
verbally or visually (pick one). Verbal telepathic transmissions
• Kinetic Manipulation Modifier: Multi-Kinesis
can't be understood unless the recipient understands the
Double the number of targets which the character can language used by the telepath. A telepath who transmits images
telekinetically affect at the same time for a cost adjustment of doesn't have to speak the recipient's language, but the recipient
(+2.5). must make an IN save to successfully interpret the meaning of the
imagery. For a cost adjustment of (+5) CPs, the character may
• Kinetic Manipulation Modifier: Fast Manipulation transmit both verbal and visual telepathic messages.
Double the rate at which the character can move objects
telekinetically for a cost adjustment of (+5). • Telepathy Modifier: Use Senses
This enables the telepath to see, hear, feel, taste, etc. whatever
B) Kinetic Field the character they’re telepathically connected to does. This also
If the character is able to deflect attacks telekinetically, they enables the subject to send messages to the telepath, but only by
should take Force Field: Personal Force Field. saying them out loud, writing them down, etc. There is a cost
adjustment of (+7.5) CPs.
TELEPATHY
This is a Voluntary mental Ability which enables a character to
• Telepathy Modifier: Mutual
directly communicate with other minds. The telepathic connection is two-way, enabling the target to
transmit back. This doesn’t work with the Use Senses Modifier.
Establishing telepathic contact has no set range limit; it only There is a cost adjustment of (+7.5) CPs.
requires that the character can directly perceive the subject,
unless the telepath has certain special telepathic Modifiers (see • Telepathy Modifier: Positional
below). Establishing telepathic contact with an actively resistant Telepaths normally need to directly perceive their subject in order
target requires an IN-based Mental attack roll to hit vs. their to initiate telepathic communication. This Modifier enables the
Mental Defense. Each attempt to establish telepathic contact telepath to initiate telepathic contact with anyone at a specified
takes an action. location (for example, “on the other side of this wall”, or “that
person I see on the security camera screen”), at any range. There
is a cost adjustment of (+7.5) CPs.

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• Telepathy Modifier: Telepathic Links CPs Base Teleportation Range*
(2.5) 1 inch
Telepaths normally need line of sight to their subject in order to
(5) 2 inches
initiate telepathic communication. This Modifier allows the (7.5) 3 inches
telepath to forge telepathic links with willing individuals. A (10) 4 inches
telepathic link enables the telepath to re-establish telepathic (12.5) 8 inches
contact with anyone they’ve linked to, at any range, without (15) 12 inches
needing to know where that person is. Forging a telepathic link (17.5) 31 inches
requires face to face contact. The other person may voluntarily (20) 50 inches
(22.5) 250 inches
cancel the link at any time. There is a cost adjustment of (+7.5)
(25) 1.5 miles
CPs. (27.5) 10 miles
(30) 80 miles
• Telepathy Modifier: Receiver (32.5) 700 miles
(35) 7000 miles
This Modifier enables others to establish telepathic contact with
(37.5) 80,000 miles
this character. Those others don’t need, themselves, to be
(40) 1 million miles
telepaths - and the characteristics of the connection they may (42.5) 12 million miles (.002 light years)
establish depends on the character’s own Telepathy Ability and (45) 170 million miles (.029 light years)**
its Modifiers. There is a cost adjustment of (+7.5) CPs, except there (47.5) 2.5 trillion miles (.4375 light years)
is no cost adjustment if the character is ONLY a telepathic (50) 7 light years
receiver. (52.5) 117 light years
(55) 2100 light years
*‘Inches’ on this table refer to inches on the tabletop (at a scale
• Telepathy Modifier: Mind Probe of 5 feet to the inch). All other measurements on this table refer
This Modifier enables the character to gain access to a subject’s to real-life distances.
deep/shielded thoughts and memories. It requires a hit (resolved **This is approximately 10 light years per hour, provided that the
as a Mental Psychic attack, rolled secretly: on a fumble, the target character can afford the PR.
can feed false answers to the prober). Range = touch. This is a
The character can precisely teleport to any destination within
save attack. The subject gets an IN save vs. Psychic (so add their
range that they can directly sense. They may teleport ‘blind’ to
Psychic protection to their save target). Choose a PR when this
other destinations within range, but this requires an IN save with
Modifier is taken: the target’s save is adjusted by -1 per point of
range penalties, and uses the scatter rules (see 4.7.5.1) if the save
PR. If the save fails, the subject must answer one question, and
fails. They can also memorize locations at the cost of 1 CP each,
then gets another save. If the subject’s (current PR+CL) exceeds
and teleport to memorized locations ‘blind’ (as long as they’re
the character’s current (PRx2+CL), the attempt automatically
within range) with no risk of error.
fails. This Ability always works if the target consents. Each Mind
Probe attempt takes a d4+1 minutes, regardless of the number of
Teleportation can penetrate any type of barrier, except for a
questions asked. There is a cost adjustment of (+7.5) CPs.
Force Field.

• Telepathy Modifier: Tracking The character can only teleport themself and as much cargo as
This enables the character to telepathically track a target’s their carrying capacity allows. Opponents who’ve grappled the
location. No communication takes place, and the tracking is only character, and objects to which the character is physically
one-way. There is a cost adjustment of (+7.5) CPs. attached, also count as cargo.

• Telepathy Modifier: Switchboard • Teleportation Modifier: Gates


This Modifier enables those who are in telepathic contact with the Instead of having their teleportation cargo limited by their own
character to also communicate with each other, if the character carrying capacity, the character has the ability to create an
wishes it. There is a cost adjustment of (+7.5) CPs. immobile gate 5' x 5' in area (a 1" square). Creating a gate takes
an action. There’s no cost adjustment for this Modifier.
• Telepathy Modifier: Psychic Bond
If the character can only telepathically communicate with one The gate actually consists of two separate ‘doorways’. One must
other specific individual, there is a (-10) CP cost adjustment. be created directly adjacent to the character, while the other is
Double the number of individuals for a further (+2.5) CP cost placed at the teleport’s destination (see above).
adjustment.
Both doorways are bi-directional, meaning they can be entered
from either side. The traveler instantly emerges from the
TELEPORTATION corresponding side of the other door. Senses can’t penetrate
This is a Voluntary Ability. The character is able to instantaneously Teleportation Gates.
transfer their body from place to place at a PR of 1 per use. This
takes place on the character’s Movement phase, costing 1” of Teleportation doorways may be created at any angle: vertical
movement. The character may only Teleport once per turn. like a normal door, horizontally like a trap door, or at any angle in
between.
The character’s teleportation range depends upon their Ability’s
CPs: The dimensions of the gate can be increased by 1" per +1 PR spent
when it is opened. Both doorways are always the same size.

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The gate lasts until the end of the turn in which it was opened, and = 16 + 40 = 56 points. He uses his second form as his civilian identity,
then it closes instantly – unless some obstruction (a character or Calvin Graves.
other solid object) is placed within it, or its creator stays adjacent
to it (at either end) to hold it open. A teleportation gate won’t To have more than 2 forms, simply take this Ability multiple times.
close while it’s obstructed. Only the character’s main form pays for this Ability. All of the other
forms get the ability to change back for free.
Characters and objects can freely move back and forth through
a teleport gate until it closes. When the character changes forms, reduce their new form’s Hits
by the percentage of their previous form’s Hits which had been
If the gate uses Charges, decide on its dimensions when this Ability lost, if any, rounding up. Do the same with the new form’s Power
is taken, and add Teleportation’s default PR of 1 before and Charges, rounding down.
converting the PR to Charges.
Example: Skeletoid is changing back into Calvin Graves. As
• Teleportation Gate Modifier: See-Through Calvin, he has a maximum of 7 Hits and 44 Power. As Skeletoid, he
There is a cost adjustment of (+5) if senses can penetrate the had 17 Hits left out of 21 (80.952%) and 42 Power left out of 63
Gate. (66.666%). When he Transforms back into Calvin, he winds up with
7 x .80952 = 5.666 (rounded up to 6) Hits and 44 x .66666 = 29.333
(rounded down to 29) Power.
• Teleportation Modifier: Penetrates Force Fields
There is a cost adjustment of (+5) CPs to enable Teleportation to
pass through force fields. TRANSMUTATION
This is a Voluntary save attack Ability. The character can alter
• Teleportation Modifier: Teleport Beam living, biological targets in some way. The PR cost = 8 per use, and
For a cost adjustment of (+5) CPs, the character can also teleport the range = IN x 2”. Transmutation is an ‘Other’ damage type; only
targets to and from themself. The range to the target can be up dedicated Invulnerability vs. Transmutation works against it. If it
to the character’s Base Teleportation Range. This is a unique, non- hits, the target must make an EN-based save. A difficulty modifier
standard attack. An AG-based roll to hit is needed to affect applies to the save, depending on the Transmutation Ability level.
resisting targets. The cost adjustment is (-5) CPs if the character If the save succeeds, the target isn’t transmuted. If the save fails,
can only teleport others to and from themself. the victim rolls to save again at the end of each turn to recover,
at a further penalty of -4.

The character must specify what the exact effect of their


Transmutation is when they take this Ability. The degree to which
the target can be changed and the difficulty of the target’s
saving roll to resist depend on the character’s CPs in this Ability.
Select from the following lists:

Transmutation Effect
CPs Transmutation Effect
(5) Cosmetic: The target is barely affected, other than
superficial cosmetic changes (for example, a target’s
color and the shape of their ears could be changed),
and they may be given (or lose) up to (5) CPs worth of
Abilities or Weaknesses.
(10) Moderate: As Cosmetic, plus the target may undergo
simple physical changes (for example their size,
posture and proportions could be altered), and they
may be given (or lose) up to (10) CPs worth of Abilities
or Weaknesses.
(20) Comprehensive: As Moderate, plus the target may
undergo significant structural changes (for example
Sable: a student of the Crime Academy! they could gain or lose limbs or other functional body
parts, such as gills or wings), and they may be given
(or lose) up to (20) CPs worth of Abilities or
TRANSFORMATION Weaknesses.
The character can change into another (usually weaker) form. (30) Complete: The target’s physical form may be
This takes 3 rounds (30 seconds), and PR=0 to change between completely changed (for example, they could be
forms. This is a Persistent Ability. turned to an immobile stone monolith), and they may
be given (or lose) up to (30) CPs worth of Abilities or
The number of points the second form is constructed from equals Weaknesses.
(40) Extreme: As Complete, but the target’s behavior also
the main character’s total points divided by 6, rounded down,
changes in some way that’s advantageous to the
plus 4 CPs per (1) CP spent. character (for example, a man could be changed
into an octopus who obeys the character), and they
Example: Skeletoid the Living Skeleton is a 100 CP character. For may be given (or lose) up to (40) CPs worth of Abilities
(10) CPs, he can have a secondary form worth (100 / 6) + (10 x 4) or Weaknesses.

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Transmutation Save Difficulty • Transmutation Modifier: Alternate Targets
Cost Adjustment Save to Resist & Recover This Ability could affect some other range of targets, instead of
(-30) EN+5 living, biological creatures. There is a cost adjustment of (-5) if the
(-27.5) EN+4
new range of targets is limited (for example, only humans). There
(-25) EN+3
(-22.5) EN+2 is a cost adjustment of (-10) if the range of targets is extremely
(-20) EN+1 limited (for example only intelligent machines). If the range of
(-17.5) EN+0 targets is wide (for example any creature - living, biological, or
(-15) EN-1 not), there is a cost adjustment of (+5). If the range of targets is
(-12.5) EN-2 extremely wide (for example any physical object) there is a cost
(-10) EN-3 adjustment of (+10).
(-7.5) EN-4
(-5) EN-5
If the target of a Transmutation attack isn’t a character, it uses its
(-2.5) EN-6
(0) EN-7 physical weight to resist and recover from being changed. Find
(+2.5) EN-8 the closest match for its weight in the Carry (Pounds) column on
(+5) EN-9 the basic characteristics table (see 2.1.7.2). Read across to the
(+7.5) EN-10 Saves column to find its base saving roll.
(+10) EN-11
• Transmutation Modifier: Damage Type
• Transmutation Modifier: Alternate Transmutations
There is a cost savings if tf the Transmutation attack has a Damage
If the character can transmutate targets in more than one way, Type. Apply a cost adjustment of (-5) if the damage type is
there is a cost adjustment of (+5) CPs per additional way. Each Psychic, or (-10) if the damage type is Kinetic, Energy, Bio, or
extra type of transformation may have a lesser or equal effect to Entropy.
the one actually purchased, specified when this Modifier is taken.

VEHICLE
The character owns a specially-designed transportation vessel, Note that if you don’t install a travel Ability in a Vehicle, then it
which can travel around freely and may also be equipped with won’t be able to move. If that’s what you want, then you should
additional Abilities. The specific Abilities of each Vehicle depend make it a Base instead.
on the systems that are installed within it. Systems are allocated in
½” x ½” ‘system spaces’. This is a Continual Ability. As you work The initial CP cost of the Vehicle depends on its size in system
your way through the Vehicle construction process, write down spaces:
the details on a Vehicle Record Sheet.

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CPs Vehicle System Spaces Weight / Mass Profile ST/EN Hits
(0) 2 360 lbs / d6 1.41 15/15 13
(2.5) 3 540 lbs / d6+1 1.705 16/17 15
(5) 4 720 lbs / d6+1 2 18/18 16
(7.5) 6 1,080 lbs / d8+1 2.415 19/20 18
(10) 8 1,440 lbs / d8+1 2.83 21/21 20
(12.5) 12 2,160 lbs / d10+1 3.415 22/23 23
(15) 16 2,880 lbs / d10+1 4 24/24 25
(17.5) 24 4,320 lbs / 2d6 4.83 25/26 27
(20) 32 5,760 lbs / 2d6 5.66 27/27 29
(22.5) 48 8,640 lbs / d6+d8 6.83 28/29 31
(25) 64 11,520 lbs / d6+d8 8 30/30 33
(27.5) 96 17,280 lbs / 2d8 9.655 31/32 36
(30) 128 23,040 lbs / 2d8 11.31 33/33 38
(32.5) 192 34,560 lbs / d8+d10 13.655 34/35 40
(35) 256 46,080 lbs / d8+d10 16 36/36 41
(37.5) 384 69,120 lbs / 2d10 19.315 37/38 44
(40) 512 92,160 lbs / 2d10 22.63 39/39 46
(42.5) 768 138,240 lbs / d10+d12 27.315 40/41 48
(45) 1024 184,320 lbs / d10+d12 32 42/42 50
(47.5) 1536 276,480 lbs / 2d12 38.625 43/44 52
(50) 2048 368,640 lbs / 2d12 45.25 45/45 54
(52.5) 3072 552,960 lbs / 3d8 54.625 46/47 57
(55) 4096 737,280 lbs / 3d8 64 48/48 59
(57.5) 6144 1,105,920 lbs / 2d8+d10 77.255 49/50 61
(60) 8192 1,474,560 lbs / 2d8+d10 90.51 51/51 63
(62.5) 12288 2,211,840 lbs / d8+2d10 109.255 52/53 65
(65) 16384 2,949,120 lbs / d8+2d10 128 54/54 66
(67.5) 24576 4,423,680 lbs / 3d10 154.51 55/56 69
(70) 32768 5,898,240 lbs / 3d10 181.02 57/57 71
(72.5) 49152 8,847,360 lbs / 2d10+d12 218.51 58/59 73
(75) 65536 11,796,480 lbs / 2d10+d12 256 60/60 75
(77.5) 98304 17,694,720 lbs / d10+2d12 309.017 61/62 77
(80) 131072 23,592,960 lbs / d10+2d12 362.034 63/63 79
(82.5) 196608 35,389,440 lbs / 3d12 437.017 64/65 82
(85) 262144 47,185,920 lbs / 3d12 512 66/66 84
(87.5) 393216 70,778,880 lbs / 3d12+1 618.04 67/68 86
(90) 524288 94,371,840 lbs / 3d12+1 724.08 69/69 88
(92.5) 786432 141,557,760 lbs / 3d12+2 874.04 70/71 90
(95) 1048576 188,743,680 lbs / 3d12+2 1024 72/72 91
(97.5) 1572864 283,115,520 lbs / 4d10 1236.075 73/74 94
(100) 2097152 377,487,360 lbs / 4d10 1448.15 75/75 96
(102.5) 3145728 566,231,040 lbs / 3d10+d12 1748.075 76/77 98
(105) 4194304 754,974,720 lbs / 3d10+d12 2048 78/78 100
(107.5) 6291456 1,132,462,080 lbs / 2d10+2d12 2472.155 79/80 103
(110) 8388608 1,509,949,440 lbs / 2d10+2d12 2896.31 81/81 105
(112.5) 12582912 2,264,924,160 lbs / d10+3d12 3496.155 82/83 107
(115) 16777216 3,019,898,880 lbs / d10+3d12 4096 84/84 109
(117.5) 25165824 4,529,848,320 lbs / 4d12 4944.31 85/86 111
(120) 33554432 6,039,797,760 lbs / 4d12 5792.62 87/87 112
(122.5) 50331648 9,059,696,640 lbs / 4d12+1 6992.31 88/89 115
(125) 67108864 12,079,595,520 lbs / 4d12+1 8192 90/90 117
(127.5) 100663296 18,119,393,280 lbs / 5d10 9888.62 91/92 119
(130) 134217728 24,159,191,040 lbs / 5d10 11585.24 93/93 121
(132.5) 201326592 36,238,786,560 lbs / 4d10+d12 14188.96 94/95 123
(135) 268435456 48,318,382,080 lbs / 4d10+d12 16384 96/96 125
(137.5) 402653184 72,477,573,120 lbs / 3d10+2d12 20066.22 97/98 127
(140) 536870912 96,636,764,160 lbs / 3d10+2d12 23170.475 99/99 129

System Spaces Weight/Mass


This is the total number of system spaces in the Vehicle. There are This is how much the Vehicle weighs, and its Mass roll.
4 system spaces per 5’ movement space. The character may
arrange the Vehicle’s map and system spaces - its ‘floor plan’ - Profile
however they like. This is used to adjust range penalties on attacks against the
Vehicle (see 4.7.3.1).

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ST/EN three (48 / 3) = 16” increments, and it may execute one turn of up
These are the Vehicle’s default ST and EN scores, used in to 60 degrees during each of those increments (or two 60° turns
calculating its carrying capacity, base HTH damage, EN save, etc. per segment if 48” is its slowest movement rate).
A Vehicle’s BC scores may not exceed its character’s BC cap.
Vehicle Systems
Hits The character may give other Abilities to their Vehicle, using
This is the number of damage points it takes to incapacitate the system spaces to pay for them. The number of CPs generated by
Vehicle (analogous to a character’s Hits). a system depends on its size in system spaces:

Vehicle Appearance System Spaces Profile Hits System CPs


1 1 8 (5)
The character may give their Vehicle any reasonable
2 1.41 13 (10)
appearance which fits its size and configuration. There is no cost 3 1.705 15 (12.5)
adjustment for making the Vehicle appear ‘normal’ or 4 2 16 (15)
nondescript, or for giving it a distinctive appearance. 6 2.415 18 (17.5)
8 2.83 20 (20)
12 3.415 23 (22.5)
Vehicle Armor 16 4 25 (25)
Vehicles have a default Structural Rating (see 5.1) of 3. Additional 24 4.83 27 (27.5)
Vehicle Armor should be purchased as an Integral System (see 32 5.66 29 (30)
Vehicle System Modifiers, below). 48 6.83 31 (32.5)
64 8 33 (35)
Vehicle armor protects the Vehicle, its systems, and its passengers. 96 9.655 36 (37.5)
Interior Vehicle walls are 4” thick, while a Vehicle’s exterior hull is 128 11.31 38 (40)
192 13.655 40 (42.5)
8” thick.
256 16 41 (45)
384 19.315 44 (47.5)
To smash a hole through the hull of a Vehicle, use the Structural 512 22.63 46 (50)
Rating penetration rules (see section 5.1). The character must 768 27.315 48 (52.5)
target a section of hull that has open space behind it in order to 1024 32 50 (55)
make an open hole, otherwise they're attacking the system 1536 38.625 52 (57.5)
behind that wall section. 2048 45.25 54 (60)
3072 54.625 57 (62.5)
4096 64 59 (65)
Vehicle BCs 6144 77.255 61 (67.5)
A Vehicle’s Strength and Endurance BC scares are determined by 8192 90.51 63 (70)
its point cost (see above). Vehicles also have 9 Agility, 0 12288 109.255 65 (72.5)
Intelligence, and 9 Cool by default. These can be improved by 16384 128 66 (75)
24576 154.51 69 (77.5)
various Systems (see below).
32768 181.02 71 (80)
49152 218.51 73 (82.5)
Power 65536 256 75 (85)
A Vehicle’s Power equals the total of its ST, EN, AG and IN scores. 98304 309.017 77 (87.5)
131072 362.034 79 (90)
196608 437.017 82 (92.5)
Vehicle Handling 262144 512 84 (95)
A Vehicle’s Handling is a modifier to its pilot’s AG-based saves and 393216 618.04 86 (97.5)
Defense scores relating to Vehicle operations. A Vehicle’s 524288 724.08 88 (100)
Handling equals its AG save – 10.
Example: Dr. Micron’s Micro-Ship has 128 system spaces devoted
Vehicle Defense to a Size Change B) Smaller system, yielding 40 CPs of that Ability.
A Vehicle has a Defense equal to its pilot or driver’s AG save – 10
A Vehicle’s System CP values may not exceed the character’s
plus any bonuses they may have from their career background,
Ability caps.
plus the Vehicle’s handling modifier. Robotically-controlled
Vehicles have a Defense equal to their AG save -10, and ignore
the Handling modifier.
Automation
Automation increases a Vehicle’s Agility score, and therefore its
AG save and Handling modifier. Each CP worth of Automation
Vehicle Turning Rate gives the Vehicle (+1) CP of AG. A Vehicle’s BC scores may not
By default, all Vehicles have a Turning Rate of 3. This means that exceed its owner’s BC cap.
the Vehicle’s current movement rate is divided into 3 increments,
and it may execute one 60° turn during each of those 3 Bunks
movement increments (or two 60° turns per increment if the
Bunks are sleeping accommodations, which are necessary for
Vehicle is travelling at its slowest movement rate).
comfortable trips of longer than 18-hour duration. Two system
spaces are required for each double-occupancy passenger
Example: Bluejay’s motorcycle is moving at a rate of 48” during
bunk. Single-occupancy bunks are nicer, but they still take up 2
this round, and has a Turning Rate of 3. It may therefore move in
system spaces.

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Hands
Installing a hand in a system space enables a Vehicle to grip a
physical object, using the Vehicle’s ST. Making a hand larger gives
it more Hits, but has no effect on its grip strength.

Limbs
One or more system spaces designated as a ‘limb’ may be used
to extend the distance that another system, attached to its end,
can reach. Larger limbs can reach further and have more Hits, but
have no other advantages. A limb’s ability to bend must be
specified when it’s installed (one or more joints, a flexible tentacle,
etc.).

Minor Systems
Very minor, mundane Vehicle systems like headlights, cigarette
lighters, AM/FM radios, glove compartments, etc. don’t cost any
CPs or take up system spaces. As long as they’re very minor, and
make sense, they come with the Vehicle for free. Advanced or
super-powered versions of such things (for example, headlights
that can deliver a blinding flash, or sub-space radios) must be built
as systems, however (see below).

Miscellaneous
The character may also install standard character Abilities (see
2.2.3) in the Vehicle, paying its CP cost out of the points generated
by its system spaces.
The Firebrands are a minor gang of rocket-powered crooks.
Performance
Control Seats Performance increases a Vehicle’s Cool score, and therefore its
Every Vehicle requires a Control Seat (unless it has a Robot Brain, CL save and Initiative roll. Each CP worth of Performance gives
see below). A Control Seat occupies one system space. the Vehicle (+1) CP of CL. A Vehicle’s BC scores may not exceed
Additional Control Seats may be installed as ‘co-pilot’ or its owner’s BC cap.
‘secondary command’ stations. The Vehicle can be controlled
from any of its Control Seats. If desired, the character may Robot Brain
establish a hierarchy of authority so that backup Control Seats Robot Brains are Systems that enable a Vehicle to operate
can’t override commands from higher-priority Control Seats. independently. A Robot Brain may be installed as a backup to the
Control Seat, where it can function as an ‘auto-pilot’, or installed
Doorways without a Driver’s Seat making the Vehicle a true, independently-
Doors may be placed in any wall section. Doors have twice the functioning robot.
Vehicle’s armor protection, but are only 1” thick. Security systems
such as key locks, coded keypads, and so on may be added for Each CP worth of Robot Brain gives the Vehicle (+1) CP of IN. A
free if the character so desires, and they may specify which Vehicle’s BC scores may not exceed its owner’s BC cap.
characters have access.
Seating
Empty Space A Vehicle may have any number of Passenger Seats. Passenger’s
System spaces may be left empty to allow characters to move Seats occupy one system space each.
around within the Vehicle. Empty space may be designated for
corridors, storage, staterooms, or for any other passenger or crew- Spare Parts
related purpose. Parts are required in order to repair a Vehicle in the field (see
Repairing Vehicles, below). Each system space holds 10 Hits worth
Garage/Hangar of parts. Parts can be re-stocked by returning to base, or visiting
Vehicle hangar bays and base garages must be Open Systems any sufficiently large stockpile of appropriate parts.
(see below), and come with a sub-Vehicle at no additional cost.
The sub-Vehicle is ¼ the size of the bay itself. Walls
Walls may be placed on any system space edge (except
Example: a 1-car garage might be an Open System, occupying between the spaces of a system), and across empty system
32 system spaces and containing an 8 system space car. spaces.

The character may double the size of a sub-Vehicle at a cost Walls are protected by the Vehicle’s armor (see above). Interior
adjustment of (+5) CPs to the main Vehicle’s cost. This can be walls are 4” thick, while the Vehicle’s external hull is 8” thick.
done up to twice, and which point the sub-Vehicle fits snugly into
the hangar or garage’s exact dimensions.

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Vehicle Passenger Limit Vehicle System Arcs
In an emergency, a Vehicle’s normal passenger capacity equals By default, Vehicle systems for which directionality is relevant
its total number of seats and bunks. Vehicles can uncomfortably have a 120-degree arc (horizontally and vertically). The character
accommodate 50% more passengers (round up) in an must specify whether such a system faces Forward, Back, or
emergency. diagonally Fwd/Right, Fwd/Left, Back/Right, or Back/Left).

Vehicle Power Systems


Each Vehicle has its own supply of Power points, to maintain its
minor systems (interior lights, powered sliding doors, cigarette
lighters and so on) and also to provide Power for use by any of its
systems which have a Power Requirement (PR).

Vehicles receive points of Power equal to the total of their ST, EN,
AG and IN scores. If additional Power is needed, install Energy
system spaces. Power from Energy systems adds to the Vehicle’s
total Power.

Each time a Vehicle system expends Power, it’s deducted from


the Vehicle’s total Power. All of the Vehicle’s minor systems, taken Repairing Vehicles
together, also have a PR of 1 per hour. Vehicles can’t recover Hit points on their own unless they have
Regeneration, or something similar. Repair attempts require Parts
Running Out of Power (see above), and can affect either the Vehicle’s overall hit points
When a Vehicle’s Power supply reaches zero, all of its systems or the hit points of one of its systems. Each attempt takes an hour
(even those which use Charges, rather than Power) stop working. and requires a task check. A successful check repairs 1 Vehicle hit
point plus the roll’s margin of success. Each Hit point that’s
Refueling repaired is deducted from the Vehicle’s supply of spare parts. A
A Vehicle’s Power is restored by re-fueling (wherever a suitable critical success repairs 5 bonus hits for free. A fumble inflicts a d8+1
energy source is available), or else by installing a Regeneration points of damage.
system that restores Power. Refueling takes whatever amount of
time the GM deems necessary; larger Vehicles tend to take more Second and further repair attempts on the same day aren’t
time to fully re-fuel. cumulative. They only count if the mechanic scores a higher
margin of success than on the day’s previous attempts.
Vehicle Explosions
One system (it could even be a system which has no PR, or which Example: Gangbuster’s motorcycle has taken 7 points of damage
uses Charges instead of Power) must be designated as the to its Speed system, disabling it. It carries 10 points worth of spare
Vehicle’s Central Power System. parts. Gangbuster makes a task check to repair the system, and
achieves a 3-point margin of success. This repairs 4 Hits, restoring
When a Vehicle’s Central Power System takes enough Hit the system to functionality, at a cost of 4 points of spare parts.
damage to become incapacitated, or the Vehicle’s overall Hits
are reduced below 0, an explosion occurs. The Energy damage Vehicle Modifiers
caused by the explosion equals a d8, plus 1d8 per (5) CPs of the
• High Tech / Precision Engineering
Vehicle’s overall cost (+1d4 if the cost isn’t an exact multiple of 5).
For each (+5) adjustment to the total cost of the Vehicle, add (+5)
A Central Power System which has already exploded won’t
CPs to each of its systems without affecting their size or Hits.
explode again until after it has been repaired.

Central Power System explosions are centered on the middle of • Low Tech / Poor Design
that system. The diameter of the explosion equals the Vehicle’s For each (-5) adjustment to the total cost of the Vehicle, subtract
profile, rounded up to the next odd number. Treat such explosions (-5) CPs from each of its systems without affecting their size or Hits.
as area effect attacks, applying the explosion damage to the
system itself, the Vehicle overall, and any other system(s) within • Maneuverability Decrease
the area of effect (as well as characters and other objects within The character may decrease the Vehicle’s maneuverability for a
the area, of course). cost adjustment of (-5) per -1 to its Turning Rate (minimum Turn
Rate =1).
For an intruder to determine which system serves as the Vehicle’s
Central Power System requires an IN-based engineering task
• Maneuverability Increase
check, at a -3 difficulty penalty (or +3 for characters who have
The character may increase the Vehicle’s maneuverability for a
access to the Vehicle’s plans).
cost adjustment of (+5) per +1 to its Turning Rate.
Example: A car costing (15) CPs, with a profile of 4, explodes for
(1 + (15 / 5)) = 4d8 damage over a 5” diameter area. • Won’t Explode
For a cost adjustment of (+5), the Vehicle’s Central Power System
won’t explode.

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Vehicle System Modifiers • Won’t Explode
• Bulky A system with an Independent Power Supply can be made
immune to explosion. There is a cost adjustment of (+5).
The system is heavily built, increasing its Hit Points at a slight
reduction in efficiency. For each (+2.5) cost adjustment, increase
the system’s Hit Points by 4.3 (rounding up). Attacking Vehicles and Vehicle Systems
Because they’re so large, range penalties on attacks against
Example: Tank Gunner’s M551 Sheridan Tank’s Speed system is 16 them may be reduced. See Range (see 4.7.3.1).
system spaces in size, giving it 25 Hits. Four doses of ‘bulky’ at a
cost adjustment of (2.5 x 4) = (10) CPs gives it (4.3 x 4) =17.2 (rounds
up to 18) extra Hits, for a new total of (25 + 18) = 43 Hits.

• Delicate
The system is lightly built, reducing its Hit Points at a slight increase
in efficiency. For each (-2.5) cost adjustment, decrease the
system’s Hit Points by 4.3 (rounding up). A system’s Hits may not be
reduced below 1.

• Gear
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Vehicle Systems which have the Gear Modifier are takeable and
usable by passengers (or by anyone who gains access) instead of
operating as part of the Vehicle. They are also breakable VIBRATION ABILITIES
according to the normal rules for Gear. The system spaces This is the ability to emit powerful patterns of vibration.
assigned to such a system are essentially storage space for the
Gear, with whatever access doors the character wishes to assign. A) Vibratory Blast
The character emits a Vibratory (Sharp Kinetic damage) standard
• Independent Power Supply attack with a range of AGx2 at a PR cost of 5 per use. Vibratory
The system operates independent of the Vehicle’s Central Power. attacks don’t cause Knockback. This is a Voluntary Ability.
If it uses Power, it receives 10 Power points of its own (you may add
Power generating systems to give it more). If it uses Charges, they Vibratory attacks may also be used to disable mechanical
determine how long it functions. It’s unaffected if the Vehicle’s targets. For each 1-point penalty the attacker takes against their
Central Power runs dry. However, it explodes if its Hits fall to zero. Vibratory attack’s chances of hitting a mechanical target, they
The explosion’s effects are based on the system’s point value and add 1 to the damage scored against that target, if they hit.
profile, rather than the Vehicle’s. There is no cost adjustment.
CPs Vibratory Blast Kinetic Damage
(-5) d8+1
• Integral System
(-2.5) d10+1
This system’s spaces don’t appear on the Vehicle’s deck plans, (0) 2d6
and can’t be attacked, but they are still deducted from the (2.5) d6+d8
Vehicle’s available system spaces and still count toward the (5) 2d8
Vehicle’s overall weight, profile, etc. Halve the number of CPs (7.5) d8+d10
(10) 2d10
generated by an Integral System.
(12.5) d10+d12
(15) 2d12
• No Arc (17.5) 3d8
A directional system can be limited so that it has no arc of effect, (20) 2d8+d10
but only works along a straight line in the direction it faces. There (22.5) d8+2d10
(25) 3d10
is a (-10) cost adjustment.
(27.5) 2d10+d12
(30) d10+2d12
• Open System (32.5) 3d12
If characters are able to pass freely through a System, then it yields (35) 3d12+1
only ¼ of the normal number of System Spaces. For example, a (37.5) 3d12+2
(40) 4d10
starship might have a 64-space garden, which it uses for Life
(42.5) 3d10+d12
Support. It would generate only 16 system spaces of the Life (45) 2d10+2d12
Support Ability, but occupants of the ship would be able to walk (47.5) d10+3d12
around inside it. (50) 4d12

• Wide Arc A Vibratory Attack can be used as a Counterblast against


physical projectiles, as well as other Vibratory attacks (see 4.14.5).
A directional system can be enhanced so that it has a wider than
120-degree arc of effect. For a (+5) cost adjustment, the system
has a 240-degree arc. For a (+10) cost adjustment, the system has B) Vibratory Defense
a 360-degree arc. If the character is able to vibrate so fast that their molecules can
penetrate solid matter, they should take Non-Corporealness.

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WEATHER CONTROL
The character has the ability to manipulate air currents, air
pressure, and water vapor. This enables them to change weather
patterns to suit their purposes, and then bend the weather to their
will. There are two sub-Abilities.

A) Change Weather
This Voluntary Ability enables a character to modify the current
local weather conditions.

An IN save is required to change the weather. The character


receives a difficulty modifier to this save depending on their
Change Weather CPs:
Galena, a crystalline villainess of the Silicoids.
CPs Change Weather IN Save
(-5) +5
WEAKNESS DETECTION (-2.5) +6
The character is able to gain an advantage over opponents by (0) +7
analyzing their weaknesses. This Voluntary Ability takes an action, (2.5) +8
which the character must spend within a 1” range of a subject (5) +9
(7.5) +10
who they can perceive with a Full or Analytical sense. PR=0 per
(10) +11
use. The character then learns one of the opponent’s Weaknesses
(12.5) +12
(if any), and also gains a bonus to hit with any attack they make (15) +13
on that opponent thereafter. Additional ‘scans’ of the same (17.5) +14
opponent reveal more Weaknesses if the subject possesses any, (20) +15
but won’t give the character any additional bonuses to hit. (22.5) +16
(25) +17
The accuracy bonus gained by the character depends on their (27.5) +18
(30) +19
CPs in this Ability. For each (2.5) CPs of Weakness Detection, they
(32.5) +20
gain a bonus of +1 to hit the targets they’ve scanned. (35) +21
(37.5) +22
• Weakness Detection Modifier: Structural Weakness (40) +23
When this Ability is taken, the character may swap points of hit (42.5) +24
(45) +25
bonus for points of damage bonus. There is no cost adjustment.
(47.5) +26
(50) +27
WEALTH
The character’s chance of changing the weather suffers a
The character has greater financial resources than the average
penalty of -2 per increment of change being attempted,
citizen. The rules for using Wealth are found in section 8.4.2. This is
according to the following scale:
a Continual Ability, PR=0 per hour.

Clear
The character's Wealth roll and approximate yearly income
Cloudy
depend on their CPs in Wealth. Snow
Rain
CPs Approximate Annual Income Wealth Roll Thunderstorm
(2.5) $80,000 d6 Tornado
(5) $160,000 d6+1 Hurricane
(7.5) $320,000 d8+1 Blizzard
(10) $640,000 d10+1
(12.5) $1,280,000 2d6 This is a Task Check (see 3.0), so a 20 misses and may be a fumble.
(15) $2,560,000 d6+d8
(17.5) $5,120,000 2d8 There is a PR of 5 per attempt, which takes an action. Unlike a
(20) $10,240,000 d8+d10
typical roll to hit, you may ‘push’ this roll by +2 to ‘hit’ for an
(22.5) $20,480,000 2d10
(25) $40,960,000 d10+d12 additional +2 PR.
(27.5) $81,920,000 2d12
(30) $163,840,000 3d8 Example: ThunderSleet has an IN save of 12, and a bonus of +9
(32.5) $327,680,000 2d8+d10 from his Change Weather Ability level. It’s currently raining, but he
(35) $655,360,000 d8+2d10 wants to turn it into a blizzard. That’s a difference of 4 steps, for a
(37.5) $1,310,720,000 3d10 total penalty of -8. His chance of success is a 13 or less on a d20,
(40) $2,621,440,000 2d10+d12
with a PR of 5. He may ‘push’ to raise his chance of success to a
(42.5) $5,242,880,000 d10+2d12
(45) $10,485,760,000 3d12 15, for a total PR of 7.
(47.5) $20,971,520,000 3d12+1
(50) $41,943,040,000 3d12+2

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6 rounds after the weather is changed, it returns to its original state A) Fortitude
automatically. Each time any character Commands the weather
The character can ‘Roll with’ double the usual amount of
(see below), 6 rounds are added to its duration.
damage (see 4.8.3). For example, a character with 67 Power and
Fortitude can roll with up to 12 points of damage. This Voluntary
The character can create slight manipulations of the current
Ability costs (15) CPs.
weather conditions for movement only, with no PR. The GM may
require an AG save at +3 to perform complex weather tricks, such
as directing the chill winds of a blizzard to cool a mug of hot B) Pain Resistance
cocoa. The character isn’t knocked out by losing more than ½ of their
remaining Hits to an attack. They’re only knocked out when their
B) Command Weather Hits drop to 0. This Voluntary Ability costs (10) CPs.

This Voluntary Ability enables a character to control weather


effects derived from the current weather conditions. The C) Self-Control
character receives 1 CP of Command Weather Ability per point This is a Continual Ability. The character’s extreme self-control
invested in it. allows them to Push for more than the usual bonus, depending on
their CPs in this Ability.
Every weather type on the scale (except ‘Clear’) gives the
character access to a different weather Ability. Consult the CPs Willpower Bonus PR Cost
following table: (0) +2 2
(5) +3 3
(10) +4 4
Weather Type Weather Ability
(15) +5 5
Cloudy Darkness Control, Visible Light & Odors
(20) +6 6
Snow Shaping (snow), Inflicts 2 Entropy dmg /
(25) +7 7
round to anything it touches for (+5) CPs
(30) +8 8
Rain Shaping, water. Can’t mold or lift it – it’s just
(35) +9 9
water, (-10) CPs
(40) +10 10
Thunderstorm Lightning Control: A) Electrical Bolt
(45) +11 11
Tornado Vibration: A) Vibratory Blast
(50) +12 12
Hurricane Sonic Abilites: split the available CPs as
desired between A) Sonic Blast and C) Sonic
Boom D) Total Pain Resistance
Blizzard Ice Abilities: split the available CPs as The character can’t be knocked out by damage even when their
desired between A) Ice Armor and B) Ice Hits drop to 0 (though they can still be Grappled, Grapnelled,
Blast
Paralyzed, etc). They’re still slain like anyone else when their Hits
and Power are both 0. This Voluntary Ability costs (30) CPs.
Characters with Weather Control B) Command Weather may
further personalize their Weather Abilities when this Ability is taken,
adding any Modifiers they wish so long as their total CP cost
adjustment balances out to (0).
2.2.4 Ability Modifiers
Each turn the weather is left uncontrolled, check for an incidental If you want to take a variant of an existing Ability, ask your GM to
effect (between rounds at the end of any round when the give you a new cost for it. The following section contains some
weather wasn’t controlled, as if an attack of that type had guidelines for the GM to use when adjusting Ability costs. The final
missed). Uncontrolled weather effects can occur anywhere in the cost of an Ability may not be reduced below 1. Modifiers which
affected area; they’re not limited to the character’s range with reduce an Ability’s CP cost may only be applied if they
the related Weather Control Ability. meaningfully limit that Ability. For example, you may not apply the
Linked Modifier to Abilities which are already used together in the
• Weather Control Modifier: Limited Weather Types first place (for example, a Special Weapon and Heightened
Apply a cost adjustment of (-2.5) for each weather type (from the Expertise that applies to it).
weather scale) that the character can’t summon up, or
Command. Ability Field
An Ability Field is a layer of energy around the character's body,
Example: ThunderSleet can’t change the weather to Tornado or which acts as both a Contact Attack on the character's regular
Hurricane, or control those weather types when they’re present, HTH attack (see the Contact Attack Ability Modifier, below), and
and so receives a cost adjustment of (-5) CPs. a form of protection. If hit by a ranged attack that involves a
physical projectile, roll the damage for your Ability Field and
WILLPOWER subtract it from the damage inflicted by the attack. If the ranged
The character has the ability to control their own bodily or mental attack's damage is reduced to zero or less, its projectile is
functions through sheer force of will. The extent of the ability destroyed before it ever touches you. If hit by a melee weapon
received may be set by the GM. Here are a few suggestions: attack, your Ability Field's damage roll is applied against the
weapon. If the melee weapon is destroyed, you take no damage.
If hit by an unarmed attack, roll your Ability Field's damage roll
and apply it to it to your attacker before you take any damage.

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Your attacker may apply their defenses against that damage. If Requires Daylight
your attacker gets knocked out by your Ability Field, their melee The Ability can only be used during the day, or under interior
attack is aborted and you take no damage. lighting approximating daytime conditions. There is a cost
adjustment of (-5).
Double the base CP cost of an attack Ability to enable it to be
used as an Ability Field. It takes an action to activate an Ability
Accidental Activation
Field, and the Ability’s PR cost must be paid each time it’s used.
Abilities that can activate accidentally get a cost savings based
The character may still use the Ability at range, if he base Ability
on how frequently the stimulus that triggers them comes up, and
has range, unless you buy its range off using the Range Ability
on how difficult it is for the character to resist their accidental
Modifier (see below).
activation (and shut the Abilities back off) when the stimulus
Characters with Ability Fields can withhold its effects on parts of occurs
their bodies, allowing them to carry people or objects without
CPs Frequency Luck Save / Episode to Resist
their Ability Field affecting them. There is a (-5) cost adjustment if
(-0) Rare +11
the Ability Field can’t be partially held back.
(-2.5) Uncommon +7
(-5) Common +3
(-7.5) Very Common -1

CPs Difficulty CL Save to Recover


(-0) Easy +1
(-2.5) Difficult -3
(-5) Very Difficult -7
(-7.5) Impossible -11

Resist/Recover checks are made vs. the character’s Luck save on


a d20, and allowed immediately on exposure to the stimulus,
immediately on removal of the stimulus, and once per round
thereafter.

While an Ability is Accidentally Active, treat it as if it had the "Can't


Hold Back" Modifier.

• Accidental Activation Modifier: Low Risk


Apply a (+2.5) cost adjustment if the Accidental Activation of the
Ability isn’t dangerous to the character or to those around him.

• Accidental Activation Modifier: Active Resistance


Apply a (+2.5) cost adjustment if the Resist/Recover check is a
Basic Characteristic save (with possible skill background modifiers)
rather than a save vs. Luck.
Manstar of the Crushers supervillain group.
• Accidental Activation Modifier: Accidental Use
Ability Loss If the Ability must also be used when it’s Accidentally Activated
The Ability can only be used under specific limited circumstances. (for example, a Power Blast that must be fired whether the
Suggestions include: character wants to use it or not), double the total cost adjustment
for this Modifier. Checks during Accidental Use (for example, rolls
Requires Speech to hit with a Power Blast that has gone off by accident) are made
The Ability can’t be used if the character is gagged, or unable to vs. a base target number of 10-, and targets (if any) are selected
speak for any other reason. There is a cost adjustment of (-2.5). randomly.

Requires Free Movement The character must pay any PR, Charges, actions, or other costs
associated with the Ability each time it’s Accidentally Used.
The Ability can’t be used if the character is tied up, or unable to
move freely for any other reason. There is a cost adjustment of (-
2.5). Activation Required
This Modifier makes a Continual Ability into a Persistent Ability
Requires Nighttime (requiring 1" of movement to activate and preventing the
The Ability can only be used at night, or under interior lighting character from resting while the Ability is active), or a Persistent
approximating nighttime conditions. There is a cost adjustment of Ability into a Voluntary Ability (causing the Ability to shut down
(-5). automatically if the character is knocked out) for a (-5) cost
adjustment. For a total cost adjustment of (-10), you can change
a Continual Ability into a Voluntary Ability.

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Area Effect Any shapes that are created must fall within the Ability's diameter
of effect. The ability to create shapes has a cost adjustment of
This Modifier causes an Ability to affect all targets within a wide
(+7.5), and includes the ability to create tendrils (see above).
area, rather than just a single target (see Area Effects, 4.7.5). The
cost adjustment depends on how large an area the Ability
affects. • Area Effect Modifier: Offset
An offset area of effect is placed with its edge on its point of
Move down 1 step on the Diameter table for a (+2.5) cost creation, rather than its center. Offset area effects have a cost
adjustment. Move up one step for a (-2.5) cost adjustment. adjustment of (+2.5).

Diameter • Area Effect Modifier: Perimeter


½” or Single Target
Perimeter area effects only have edges - they’re empty inside.
1”
Halve the cost adjustment for Area Effect.
3”
5”
7” • Area Effect Modifier: Selective
9” Selectivity (the ability to freely choose who or what is affected
11”
within the area effect) has a cost adjustment of (+12.5).
15”
19”
23” • Area Effect Modifier: Vaporous
27” This Modifier changes an area effect into a tangible vapor, such
33” as smoke or fog. This is useful for simulating smoke grenades, stink
39”
bombs, and so on. Vaporous area effects can’t be maintained,
45”
51” moved, re-sized, re-shaped, or turned off by the character, but
59” neither do they go away if the character loses consciousness or
67” goes out of range. Vapor hangs around wherever it was created
75” for about 6 rounds (less if there’s a breeze, longer if the air is still),
83” and then it dissipates. There is no cost adjustment.
93”

Protection Abilities with an Area Effect restrict movement into or Armor Piercing
within the affected area. Any character attempting to move into This Modifier enables an attack Ability to ignore a certain number
or through an Area Effect Protection must exceed its Protection of points of protection against its damage type (minimum 0
on their Base HTH or another applicable damage roll. If the roll protection).
fails, the character's movement ends at that spot.
Example: an attack which has 3 points of Armor Piercing, and
• Area Effect Modifier: Adjustable deals 8 points of damage against 5 points of protection, inflicts 8-
(5-3)=6 points of damage.
For a cost adjustment of (+5), the character may choose to affect
a smaller area (or just a single target) each time the Ability is used,
CPs Protection Ignored
if they prefer: this must be specified before rolling to hit. (+2.5) 2
(+5) 3
• Area Effect Modifier: Moves with Self (+7.5) 5
If the area effect has no range, the character can carry it along (+10) 6
(+12.5) 8
with them as they move, or ‘drop’ it at a location and move
(+15) 9
away. There is a cost adjustment of (+5). (+17.5) 11
(+20) 12
• Area Effect Modifier: Tendrils (+22.5) 14
(+25) 15
The Area Effect Modifier creates "tendrils" instead of filling the
(+27.5) 17
entire area. Tendrils can snake through any movement spaces
(+30) 18
within the Ability's area of effect, completely filling each 1” x 1” (5’ (+32.5) 20
x 5’) movement space they pass through. The character can still (+35) 21
fill in areas by causing the tendrils to double-back or overlap. The (+37.5) 23
ability to create area effect tendrils has a cost adjustment of (+5). (+40) 24
(+42.5) 26
(+45) 27
• Area Effect Modifier: Shapes (+47.5) 29
An area effect ability can be defined as forming recognizable (+50) 30
"shapes" instead of filling an entire sphere of effect. Area effect
shapes can be patterned after creatures, walls, text, or anything Armor Piercing also immunizes the affected damage points from
else the character desires. Multiple shapes can be created the damage reduction effect of Invulnerability. If the target has
simultaneously, and the shapes don’t need to be interconnected. both Armor and Invulnerability, apply Armor Piercing to Armor first
A task check is required, at whatever difficulty the GM thinks is – and then apply any unused points of Armor Piercing to any
appropriate for the complexity of the shape being attempted. remaining damage against the target’s Invulnerability.

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Autofire Breakdown
This Modifier causes an attack Ability to “go off” multiple times This Modifier gives an Ability a chance of breaking down each
each time it’s used, without suffering any multiple attack penalty time it's used. The cost adjustment depends on how likely it is for
to its accuracy. The targets must all be adjacent. The roll to hit is the Ability to break down.
still made separately for each attack, and the character must still
pay the PR or Charges for each attack made. CPs Luck Save:
(-2.5) +10
CPs Rate of Fire (-5) +8
(+7.5) 2 (-7.5) +6
(+15) 3 (-10) +4
(+22.5) 4 (-12.5) +2
(+30) 5 (-15) 0
(+37.5) 6
(+45) 7 When the character attempts to use the Ability they must make a
Luck save, applying the difficulty modifier given above. If the save
Backlash fails, the Ability breaks down. An Ability that has broken down can
be recovered between battles, by performing maintenance or
This Modifier may be applied to any protection Ability, or to any
taking a short rest.
Ability that generates an effect that can be attacked (such as a
Grapnel or Shaping). The character takes 1/2 of any damage
inflicted on the manifestation of their Ability personally. The cost
Breaks Down on Activation
If the Ability only has to make a Breakdown check each time it's
adjustment is (-7.5).
activated, apply a further -5 difficulty modifier to the Luck save.
There is no additional cost adjustment.

Can’t Hold Back


A character is normally free to hold back the effect of any Ability
- even a Continual one – when they use it. This Modifier prohibits
the character from holding back the full potential of the affected
Ability while it’s active.

For example, Protection Abilities that Can't Hold Back may not be
withheld to allow friendly Abilities to penetrate. You can’t 'pull
your punch' with an attack Ability that has this Modifier. If you
have a movement Ability with this Modifier, you will always have
to use your maximum acceleration and deceleration rate. If you
have multiple levels of any Ability, this Modifier requires you to use
all of those levels each time you activate the Ability.

The cost adjustment depends on the amount of inconvenience


the character suffers from this Modifier. As a general rule, there is
a maximum (-2.5) cost adjustment when this Modifier is applied to
Fire-Arm is an Intercrime sub-commander with a demoniac arm. a Voluntary Ability, a maximum cost adjustment of (-5) on a
Persistent Ability, and a maximum cost adjustment of (-7.5) on a
Body Part Continual Ability. If the Ability is contained in Gear that can be
removed, Voluntary and Persistent Abilities have a maximum cost
The Ability is generated by an obvious body part, and can be
adjustment of (-2.5), and Continual Abilities have a maximum cost
disabled by disabling that body part (requiring a called shot with
adjustment of (-5). There is no cost savings if there is no
a -3 penalty to hit, and allowing the target to make an EN+7 save
inconvenience from the Ability being used at full force.
at a penalty of -1 per Hit taken or else lose the use of that body
part (and its Ability) until it’s healed or repaired. Even if the save
succeeds, the character must make a further CL save at a Carrier Attack
penalty of -1 per Hit taken or else the Ability shuts off until the This Modifier enables one attack to deliver another, causing the
character can re-activate it. There is a cost adjustment of (-5). carried attack to hit automatically with no multiple action penalty
if the carrier attack hits. The carried attack has no effect unless
Bonus Effects the carrier attack deals at least 1 Hit of damage (or if the target
fails its save against it). The carried attack loses its original range,
If you want to make up a new effect for one of the standard
and matches the carrier attack’s range, at no additional cost
Abilities, apply an additional CP cost based on the usefulness of
adjustment.
that new effect. As a general guideline, 5 CPs represents a trivial
effect, 10 CPs represents a minor effect, 20 CPs for an Ability that's
The target’s protection Abilities, rolling with damage, etc. all
equal in usefulness to a standard Power Level Ability, 25+ CPs for
operate independently vs. the carrier attack and the carried
an effect that's more useful than a standard Power Level Ability,
attack. Carried attacks ignore all protections except
etc. You can also reduce the CP cost of an Ability by removing
Invulnerability and Adaptation if the carrier attack hits.
some of the effects that it normally has.

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Apply a cost adjustment of (+7.5) to both the main attack and the Activation Charges
carried attack. The carried attack can no longer be used To modify an Ability so that it only uses up charges when it’s initially
independently of its carrier; add a further cost adjustment of activated, divide the number of available charges by two
(+2.5) to the carried attack if it can be used independently. (rounding down). There is no cost adjustment.

Charges Success Charges


Some Abilities have Charges instead of PR, limiting the number of There is a cost adjustment of (+5) to modify an Ability so that its
times they can be used (or activated, depending on the Ability) charges are only expended when the Ability is used successfully.
before having to be ‘recharged’.
Recoverable Charges
Each use (or activation) of the Ability uses up 1 charge. An Ability If each charge can be re-used (cancelling any ongoing effects)
may no longer be used when its charges are gone. Charges can if the character moves within touch range of its previous point of
either be recovered over a full night of rest, or by returning to an effect and spends an action retrieving it, then apply a cost
applicable power source or ammunition supply (their base or lair, adjustment of (+5).
or anywhere else that is available), depending on the Ability's
rationale. The character and GM should decide what is required Shared Charges
to recharge or reload the Ability. You can make more than one Ability operate off of the same set
of charges.
Charges Instead of PR:
You can give an Ability which has a certain Power Requirement Add up the Charges for each Ability. All of the Abilities in the
(PR) Charges, instead, by switching between the PR column and group then draw their Charges from this one shared pool. Each
the Charges column on the table below, at no cost adjustment. Ability takes a cost adjustment of (+2.5).

Example: an Ability with a PR of 8 can be made to have a 3 Example: a gun with shared charges from a Power Blast with 24
Charges instead. Charges, a Paralysis Ray with 8 Charges, and a Disintegration Ray
with 8 Charges has a total of 40 Charges, with each Ability getting
PR Charges a cost adjustment of (+2.5) for a total cost additional cost of
0 unlimited (+7.5).
1 24
2 12
Multiply the combined charges by .7 (rounding up) for a further (-
3 8
2.5) cost adjustment on each Ability, or multiply it by 1.5 (rounding
4 6
5 4 down) for a further (+2.5) cost adjustment.
8 3
12 2 Field Reloading
16 1 plus 50%* Charges that can be reloaded more quickly, in the field, are more
24 1 expensive.
32 75%*
48 50%*
64 38%* Cost Adjustment Reload Time
96 25%* (+2.5) 15 Minutes
128 19% (+5) 3 rounds
192 13% (+7.5) 1 turn
(+10) 1 action
*Percentages indicate a single charge with a random, less than
(+10) Full Movement
100% chance of working. When the charge is used, roll d100 to
determine whether the Ability functions. This uses up the charge,
whether the roll is successful or not. Components
There is a cost adjustment of (-10) CPs if the character must make
Reduced Charges a Wealth roll of 3 or higher to buy the materials necessary to
You may reduce an Ability’s number of charges by moving down reload. Apply a further cost adjustment of (-2.5) CPs per +1 to the
one step on the PR & Charges table, at a cost adjustment of (-2.5) Wealth roll target number, or (+2.5) CPs per -1. Only one attempt
per step. For example, to change an Ability which has 24 Charges is allowed per day.
so that it only has 4 charges involves a total cost adjustment of (-
10). For a further (-2.5) cost adjustment you could give it 3 Concentration
Charges, and so on. This Modifier makes it possible for opponents to interfere with the
activation of an Ability by breaking the character's
Increased Charges concentration. Any attack on the character which causes Hit
You may increase an Ability’s number of charges by moving up damage or a failed saving roll while they’re activating the Ability
one step on the PR & Charges table, at a cost adjustment of (+2.5) causes a break in concentration, and prevents the Ability from
per step. For example, to change an Ability which has 3 Charges being successfully activated at that time. The cost adjustment is (-
so that it has 12 Charges involves a total cost adjustment of (+10). 2.5).
For a further (+2.5) cost adjustment, you could give it 24 Charges,
and so on. Concentration can’t be applied to Continual Abilities.

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Concentration Per Use Different Range BC
If the character has to concentrate each time the Ability is used, For a cost adjustment of (+2.5) CPs, an Ability may be changed
the cost adjustment is (-5). A break in concentration while to use a different BC for its range calculation, rather than the one
attempting to use the Ability causes that use to fail, and listed in its description.
deactivates the Ability.
Different Damage Type
Concentration to Maintain
This changes an attack Ability’s damage type. There may be an
If the character has to continue to concentrate throughout the
additional charge, depending on whether the new damage type
entire time the Ability is being kept active, the cost adjustment is
is more (or less) expensive. Consult the table below:
(-7.5). Any break in concentration while the Ability is active causes
it to deactivate.
New Damage Type
Kinetic, Energy,
Total Concentration Original Damage Type Bio or Entropy Psychic Other*
If the level of concentration needed is so great that the character Kinetic, Energy, Bio or
- (+5) (+10)
is unable to spare attention for the world around them, resulting Entropy
in an inability to Dodge while concentrating, double the Psychic (-5) -
Other* (-10) (-5) -
Concentration cost adjustment.
*Disintegration, Gas, Healing, Transmutation, etc.

Conductive Example 1: Doctor Smoke’s player wants his Devitalization Ray to


This Modifier causes the effect of an attack Ability to be be Gas rather than the default of Entropy. The cost adjustment is
transmitted to everything that is in physical contact with the (+10), because that’s how much more a Gas attack costs
target. A separate damage roll or saving roil is made for each compared to Entropy.
character or object affected. Protection on the primary target
doesn’t prevent damage from being conducted to secondary Example 2: Slime Mold’s player wants their Power Blast to be
targets. Conductivity has a cost adjustment of (+7.5). Biochemical rather than the default of Energy. There is no cost
adjustment, because Energy and Bio both have the same cost.
Contact Attack
This Modifier piggybacks one attack onto another, causing it to hit
Duration
automatically with no multiple action penalty if the main attack This Modifier changes the amount of time that an Ability’s effects
hits. The contact attack has no effect unless the main attack hits last, each time it’s activated or used. The cost adjustment
the target (whether it deals damage, or the target makes its save depends on how much longer the Ability continues to operate or
or not). The contact attack loses its original range, and matches repeat its effect (or the delay between the victim’s saving rolls to
the main attack’s range, at no additional cost adjustment. recover).

The target’s protection Abilities, rolling with damage, etc. all Move down 1 step on the Duration table for a (+2.5) cost
operate independently vs. the main attack and the contact adjustment. Move up one step for a (-2.5) cost adjustment.
attack. Contact attacks are subject to the target’s applicable
protection Abilities. Duration
1 Round/Instant
2 Rounds
Apply a cost adjustment of (+15) to the contact attack. The
3 Rounds
contact attack can no longer be used independently of the main 1 Minute
attack; add a further cost adjustment of (+2.5) to the contact 5 Minutes
attack if it can be used independently. 20 Minutes
1 Hour
3 Hours
10 Hours
1.5 Days
3.5 Days
1.5 Weeks
1 Month
3 Months
1 Year
3 Years
10 Years
33 Years
100 Years
333 Years
1000 Years
3,333 Years
10,000 Years
33,333 Years
100,000 Years
333,333 Years
Infra-Red, the self-appointed leader of the Crime Students. 1,000,000 Years

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On a non-attack Ability, Duration simply affects the amount of
time that the Ability operates before needing to be renewed. For
example, Flight normally has a PR cost of 1 per hour. For a (-5) cost
adjustment, the character would have to pay 1 point of Power
every 5 minutes.

If the Ability is an attack, its effect repeats its effect on each


subsequent Phase 0 until its duration expires. For example, a Flame
Blast could be given a 3-round duration. Any target hit by that
attack would continue burning for 3 rounds after the initial hit. If
it’s a save attack, Duration increases the amount of time that
passes between recovery saves. The first save is still made
immediately, however.

Attack Abilities with Duration must be assigned some reasonable


means by which the victim can recover before the full duration is
expired. For example, a Flame attack with Duration sets its target
on fire. Dunking the victim in water will negate the flames before
the normal duration expires.

When a single target is affected by an Ability with Duration more


than once, the Ability’s Duration is cumulative but its damage
isn’t. For example, the Bayou Beast has been hit twice by a flame
blast which does a d8+1 damage and has a 3-round duration.
Bayou Beast will burn for up to 6 rounds, and a d8+1 damage roll
will be made each round. Man-Gun is a vigilante with a gun in place of his right hand.

No Escape Gear may have other slight advantages or limitations based on its
A durational offensive combat Ability offers the victim no concept, at no further cost adjustment. For example, a character
reasonable means of early escape, there is a cost adjustment of might reasonably require freedom of movement to draw their
(+15). sword, or pass their sword to another character to wield, without
having to apply the Ability Loss: Requires Free Movement or
Extended Effect Usable By Others Modifiers. This is a GM call.
Normally, an Ability with Duration takes effect once per combat
round. If it only takes effect every so often, apply a cost Furthermore, you should decide whether specialized training (see
adjustment of (-5) CPs per step in the interval between effects. For 3.0.2.1) is required to operate each piece of Gear, or whether just
example, a damaging attack that only goes off once per 10 hours anyone may try to operate it, and whether it’s restricted to just its
(-20) for a month (+30) has a total cost adjustment of (+10). owner (and possibly certain other individuals under specified
circumstances). Authorized users are assumed to possess any
Permanent specialized training that’s required.
Effects that last 1 century or more may be considered permanent
Repairing broken gear takes an action and a Very Difficult (-6)
for all practical purposes. There is no further cost adjustment.
task check. Broken gear is repaired automatically if the character
returns to their home base for at least an hour.
Focused
A damage-causing Ability can be made to deal a flat amount of Gear which can’t be lost, taken, or damaged through normal
damage instead of a random roll. The flat damage amount is combat doesn’t receive a cost adjustment. It can still be lost,
equal to the average roll, rounded down. For example, a Power taken or damaged but only under very unusual story conditions,
Blast which deals a d8+1 Energy damage can be modified to rather than as a result of die rolls. For example, a character with a
deal 5 damage every time instead. There is no cost adjustment. Mystical Project origin might say that one of their Abilities comes
from mystical tattoos on their skin. Those tattoos couldn’t get lost,
Gear or taken, or damaged under normal circumstances - but any of
An Ability that is defined as ‘Gear’ – a technological device, those things COULD still happen under sufficiently unusual
magic item, etc. – is slightly less expensive (-5 cost adjustment) but circumstances.
it can’t be Pushed (see 5.5) and it can be damaged in combat.
Depending on the concept, it might also be subject to being Gear Basic Characteristic Scores
taken away or disarmed in combat (for example, you might Some Ability traits, for example ‘range’, are typically calculated
Disarm somebody of Gear that they carry, but not of Gear that's from the character’s Basic Characteristic scores. That doesn’t
worn). See sections 4.14.2.5 to 4.14.2.7. generally make sense for separate Gear that a character uses. So
instead of using the character’s BC scores, Gear Ability traits have
the following Gear Basic Characteristic (GBC) scores, depending
on the total number of CPs from which the character is built:

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Character’s Total CPs Gear Basic Characteristic (GBC)* a specific Ability within a piece of multi-function Gear. Attacks
1-14 6 which Disarm or Take the Gear always affect all of the Abilities
15-29 7 inside of it at once, of course.
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